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OVERT URE MICAELA ALDRIDGE, MEZZOSOPRANO This Season at BMC:
La Tragédie de Carmen (Witch)
Micaela returns for her fourth season at Brevard Music Center. Past summer programs include the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and Oberlin in Italy in Arezzo, Italy. Ms. Aldridge made her operatic debut at age eleven in the children’s chorus of Carmen, and has since appeared in numerous operas such as La bohème, Suor Angelica, and Elmer Gantry. Ms. Aldridge is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at Oberlin Conservatory under the guidance of Salvatore Champagne.
J. DANIEL ALTMAN, BARITONE This Season at BMC: Falstaff (Ford)
Daniel received his Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Memphis and his Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University. Past roles include: Reverend John Hale in The Crucible, Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Don Magnifico in Rossini’s La cenerentola, and Dr. Pangloss in Bernstein’s Candide. Mr. Altman has preformed nationally and abroad with companies including The Atlanta Opera, Opera Memphis, La Musica Lirica (Novafeltria, Italy), Quisisanna Opera, and Milwaukee Opera Theater.
BRANDON BELL, BASS BARITONE This Season at BMC:
Brandon was born and raised in Suffolk, Virginia. Bell, currently studying under Kenneth
Shaw, is a Bachelor of Music candidate at the University of Cincinnati’s CollegeConservatory of Music. There, he has appeared as Hymie Felderman in CCM’s Opera Fusion: New Works production of Morning Star by Ricky Ian Gordon, as the baritone soloist in the Fauré Requiem, and as Dr. Bartolo in the CCM Opera d’arte production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
KATIE BIEBER, MEZZOSOPRANO This Season at BMC:
La Tragédie de Carmen (Carmen)
Katie holds a Bachelor of Music degree and is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree from the University of Kansas. While at KU, she has performed as Un Pâtre and La Libellule in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Lucy Lockit in The Beggar’s Opera, and as a member of the Helianthus Contemporary Music Ensemble. She has also performed Gallantry with Reach Out Kansas, presenting opera to underprivileged communities, and last summer she sang with Neue Eutiner Festspiele in Germany.
CAITLIN BOLDEN, MEZZOSOPRANO This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Proskovia)
Speed Dating Tonight! (Dating Coordinator) Caitlin is a native of Akron, Ohio. Caitlin earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee, where her performances with the UT Opera Theatre have included: Baba in The Medium, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro, and Bianca in The Rape of Lucretia. Caitlin has also performed with Knoxville Opera and was the alto soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the UT Symphony Orchestra.
CHRISTINE BROWNING, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Hanna Glawari)
Christine is from Beavercreek, Ohio, and recently graduated with her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She most recently performed scenes from Die Fledermaus as Roselinde in Martina Arroyo’s Role Study Class. Other past roles include: Clotilde in Norma with NY Opera Forum, Micaëla in Carmen, Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support!
SARAH COIT, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
Speed Dating Tonight! (waitress)
Sarah is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida. As an Emerging Artist with St. Petersburg Opera she has covered the roles of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos. Next year she will pursue her Master of Music at the University of Michigan, where she will be performing as Rosina in their fall production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
ABBEY CURZON, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
Abbey is from Calgary, Canada, and has her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University. In the summer of 2009, she covered Olympia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Janiec Opera Company. In 2010 she appeared as Frederika in the Shepherd 2013 Summer Institute & Festival
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School of Music’s production of A Little Night Music and was Amore in L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Last summer, she performed with the Janiec Opera Company as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. Abbey is currently a graduate student at Indiana University.
ALLISON DEADY, MEZZOSOPRANO This Season at BMC:
Falstaff (Mistress Page)
Allison is thrilled to be joining the Janiec Opera Program this summer. She is a rising senior at SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, NY. There she majors in Vocal Performance and Music Education on the piano. Recent credits include Vera Boronel in Western New York Chamber Orchestra’s The Consul, Hillman Opera Production: Suor Angelica (Suora Informiera), Fredonia’s Student Opera Theater Association’s production of Opera Scenes: Strawberry Fields (Nurse). She has worked in masterclasses with composer Daron Hagen and soprano, Stefania Donzelli.
NICHOLAS DEMEO, TENOR This Season at BMC: The Merry Widow (Camille) Falstaff (Fenton)
Nicholas recently earned his Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Houston. He has also participated in summer programs in New York and Salzburg, Austria. His performance credits include Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, and Valére in Tartuffe. This summer he will appear as Camille in Lehár’s The Merry Widow and Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff. Mr. DeMeo completed his undergraduate studies at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. 124
This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Baron Zeta)
James is currently studying at The Ohio State University. As a result of his mature voice and commanding stage presence, he has already appeared on stages all over the country and world. James has performed in many different types of roles including: Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, the Vicar in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring, Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff, and starred as Sir Joseph Porter in the Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore with the Janiec Opera Company in 2012.
BRANDON EVANS, TENOR This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Njegus)
La Tragédie de Carmen (Don Jose)
Brandon began studying voice in 2003 while still in high school. He has completed apprenticeships with Sarasota Opera, Opera North, and most recently was an Emerging Artist with St. Petersburg Opera, where he sang the role of the Philistine Messenger and covered Anthony in Sweeney Todd. His concert credits include tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Dubois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ, as well as Schubert’s Die Winterreise.
MICHAEL FRAGALE, TENOR This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Bogdonaovich)
Michael is thrilled to be making his Brevard Music Center debut. Named Michigan Youth Arts Most
Outstanding Soloist in 2009, Michael is currently a senior at Central Michigan University. Past roles include Frederic in Pirates of Penzance and Gherardo in Gianni Schicci. Next spring, Michael will be appearing as Enoch Snow in Carousel. Michael would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Eric Tucker and to his family.
KYLE GEE, TENOR This Season at BMC: La Tragédie de Carmen (Lillias Pastia) Falstaff (Dr. Caius)
Kyle has performed with the Florida Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, and Sarasota Opera Orchestras in a wide range of repertoire. A Juilliard-trained singer, he recently performed Il Podestà in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera among other performances there. In 2013 he won awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council and the Artists Series Concerts of Sarasota, as well as being admitted to Houston Grand Opera’s YAVA Program. His summer will finish with recitals across the southeast.
MARY EVELYN HANGLEY, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
La Tragédie de Carmen (Micaela)
Mary Evelyn is pursuing her Master of Music in vocal performance at Florida State University, where she studies with David Okerlund. Originally from Long Beach, New York, Ms. Hangley received her Bachelor of Music in music education from SUNY Fredonia. There she performed Bea in Jake Heggie’s 3 Decembers, Mary Willis in Carlisle Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree, and Fiordiligi in an outreach production of Così fan tutte. In 2011, Ms. Hangley premiered the role of The Lawyer in Sean Doyle’s chamber opera Samaritan.
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OVERT URE PETER JOHNSON, BASS BARITONE This Season at BMC:
La Tragédie de Carmen (Escamillo)
Peter is a native of Minnesota and is excited to return for his second year at Brevard Music Center. Recent roles include Collatinus in the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre’s production of The Rape of Lucretia and his solo debut with the Knoxville Opera as Sid in Fanciula del West. Other performance credits include Balthazar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and with the Janiec Opera Company as Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore. Johnson currently studies voice with Andrew Wentzel.
JACOB KATO, BARITONE This Season at BMC:
Speed Dating Tonight! (Featured Dater)
Jacob is from Fairfax, Virginia, and recently graduated with his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. Performance highlights include: the title role of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Jacob is excited to join the Janiec Opera Company this summer, and he will be pursuing his Master of Music degree in vocal performance at UNCG this fall.
REBECCA KIDNIE, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
Falstaff (Alice Ford)
Rebecca is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, and has recently completed her Master of Music
at the University of Houston. There she performed as La Contessa in the Moores Opera Center’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, as well as Lucero in Daniel Catán’s Salsipuedes. Other roles include La Duenna from Der Rosenkavalier and Helen in Daron Hagen’s Amelia. This fall Rebecca will begin earning her Performance Certificate at University of Colorado-Boulder.
ELIZABETH KINDER, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Sylvianne)
Elizabeth received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Boston Conservatory. An emerging artist in the Boston area, recent performances include Character One in the Boston Conservatory’s highlyacclaimed 2012 production of Conrad Susa’s Transformations. Upcoming roles include: Cathleen in Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea and scenes from Die Entführung aus dem Serail in February 2013.
RACHEL POLICAR, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Valencienne)
Rachel holds her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and degrees from Arizona State University in vocal performance and musical theatre. She recently sang the role of Liebovar in the world premiere of Liebovar with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, and as Young Molly Pitcher in the world premiere of The Boston Tea Party Opera. Rachel won 1st Place in the 2013 New York Lyric Opera Theatre Competition and is a current Finalist in the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Competition.
JOSHUA QUINN, BARITONE This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Count Danilo)
Joshua is thrilled to be making his debut this season with the Janiec Opera Company. He recently completed an undergraduate diploma at the New England Conservatory in the studio of Luretta Bybee, and will return in the fall to pursue a graduate degree in Opera Studies. At NEC, Quinn took the stage in roles, such as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Hot Biscuit Slim in Paul Bunyan, Don Jose in Carmen (scenes), and the title role in Cavalli’s L’Egisto.
EVELYN SAAVEDRA, SOPRANO This Season at BMC:
Speed Dating Tonight! (Featured Dater)
Evelyn was born in Camaguey, Cuba, but was raised in Miami, Florida. She is currently a senior at Florida International University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance. At FIU she has had the opportunity to perform the title role of Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, as one of the five unnamed protagonists in Jason Robert Brown’s musical Songs for a New World, and as Agrippina in George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina.
SKYLER SCHLENKER, BASS BARITONE This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Kromov)
Skyler is a 2013 graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in drama. There he studied voice as a music minor 2013 Summer Institute & Festival
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with Ivy Walz for two years and lettered 4 times for the Bombers at defensive end. In High School he played in the Shrine Bowl All-Star football game, a multistate charity event for children who are victims of burns. Skyler is also a carpenter and a personal trainer.
PATRICK DEAN SHELTON, TENOR This season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (St. Brioche)
Patrick is thrilled to make his debut with the Janiec Opera Company this season. After finishing his BM at the New England Conservatory, Patrick will study with Jane Eaglen to pursue his Graduate Diploma. Patrick has seen the stage recently in several leading roles, such as Alfred in Die Fledermaus and most recently as Dema in Cavalli’s L’Egisto; Count Almaviva, Tamino and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance in scenes.
NATASHA THWEATT, MEZZOSOPRANO This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Olga)
Natasha is from the Bronx, New York, and is pursuing degrees in Comparative Literature and Vocal Performance with Salvatore Champagne at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She was most recently seen as Lisetta in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna with Oberlin Opera Theater. This is her first summer at BMC with the Janiec Opera Company.
MAKOTO WINKLER, BARITONE
PATRICK ZURSCHMEIDE, BARITONE
This Season at BMC:
This Season at BMC:
The Merry Widow (Viscount Cascada) Speed Dating Tonight! (Bartender)
Makoto is a senior vocal performance major at SUNY Fredonia. A native of Seaford, New York, Makoto recently appeared with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra in their production of Menotti’s The Consul. With the Janiec Opera Company in 2012, he performed the roles of Benoit and Alcindoro in La bohéme, as well as roles in HMS Pinafore and Dialogues of the Carmelites. Past appearances have included: Don Pasquale, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and Ferdinand in Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest.
MELISSA ZGOURIDI, MEZZOSOPRANO This Season at BMC:
Falstaff (Dame Quickly)
Melissa is a senior at the Eastman School of Music where she studies with Dr. Robert McIver. Recent performances include: the Nursemaid in Weill’s Street Scene with Eastman Opera Theater, and the soloist in Elgar’s Music Makers with the Eastman/Rochester Chorus and Eastman Symphony Orchestra. Melissa is also the recipient of the Cerritos Performing Arts Center’s Friends of the Arts Award and the first prize in the Yorba Linda Concerto Competition.
The Merry Widow (Pritschitsch)
Patrick is currently studying in the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College, Chicago, under Carolyn Hart. Roles this year include The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Ben in The Telephone, and as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. Patrick won first place in the 2012 Illinois State NATS competition and moved on to the preliminaries of the Bel Canto Opera Contest in Chicago. This spring he received the Margarita Evans Vocal Award. GUEST ARTIST
REGINALD SMITH, JR., BARITONE This Season at BMC:
Falstaff (Falstaff )
JOC alumnus Reginald Smith, Jr. is a native of Atlanta, GA and a senior at the University of Kentucky . He is a current student of Dr. Everett McCorvey. While in Atlanta he studied voice with Elizabeth Colson.
He has been seen in performances of Falstaff (Falstaff ), La Traviata (Germont), Porgy and Bess ( Jake/Frazier), Romeo et Juliette (Capulet/Le Duke), The Magic Flute (Speaker), Die Fledermaus (Dr. Falke), La Bohème (Colline), Mikado (Mikado), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King), River of Time (Billy), and Amahl and the Night Visitors (Balthazar).
In 2012, Mr. Smith won 1st Place in the National Opera Association Competition Scholarship Division. In 2011, Mr. Smith received the Best Stage Presence Award and 3rd Place in the Metropolitan Opera Mid-South Regional Auditions.
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Dean Anthony, Director of Janiec Opera Center Jerome Shannon, Resident Conductor & Vocal Coach Eileen Downey, Chorusmaster & Vocal Coach Andrew Wentzel, Resident Voice Instructor Keturah Stickann, Resident Stage Director Siddhartha Misra, Resident Administrator Cory Battey, Staff Pianist Bryson Baumgartel, Intern Pianist Cody Martin, Intern Pianist
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Andrea Boccanfuso, Production Manager Bobby Bradley, Assistant Production Manager, Opera Rebecca Armstrong, Assistant Production Manager, Orchestra/ Stage Crew Supervisor Christopher Brink, Technical Director Jessica Harika, Assistant Stage Director of the JOC and Stage Director of the High School Voice Program Alyson McCoy, Purchasing Agent/ Company Management Kaitlyn Lowenhagen, Production Assistant/ Company Management Katie Sammons, Production Assistant Laura-Kate Gonyea, House Manager Danielle Crapanzano, House Management Apprentice Dana Wuycheck, Associate Stage Crew Supervisor Caitlyn Tignor, Chamber Series Stage Manager/ Stage Crew Staff Tyler Spindler, Chamber Series Stage Manager/ Stage Crew Staff Matthew Brehm, Stage Crew Apprentice Alexander Cammarota, Stage Crew Apprentice Ben March, Stage Crew Apprentice Joshua Runkles, Stage Crew Apprentice Margaret Kellner, Production Stage Manager Karl Anderson, Speed Dating Tonight! PSM / Mainstage ASM Meghan Dawson, ASM Glenn Avery Breed, Costume Designer Jason Estala, Costume Shop Manager Victoria Carot, Wardrobe Supervisor/ First Hand Matthew Mallard, Costume Apprentice Tiffany Nelson, Costume Apprentice
Lauren Woods, Costume Apprentice Necole E. Bluhm, Wig & Makeup Designer Barbara McCann, Wig & Makeup Assistant Apprentice Michael Hirsch, Props Master Hannah Fenske, Props Apprentice Danielle Schultz, Scenic Designer: The Merry Widow & Carmen Evan Adamson, Scenic & Projection Designer: Falstaff Jack Murphy, Assistant Technical Director Eric Brooks, Master Carpenter Kelsey Marot, Carpenter Jake Greenfield, Carpenter Christopher Foote, Carpenter Morgan Dixon, Carpentry Apprentice Kristen Martino, Scenic Charge Peter Everly, Scenic Painter Kelli Tysinger, Scenic Painter Madison Hayes, Scenic Apprentice Andrea Boccanfuso, Lighting Designer: The Merry Widow Kelley Finn, Lighting Designer: Carmen & Speed Dating Tonight! and Festival ALD Tl谩loc L贸pez-Watermann, Lighting Designer/ Projection Consultant: Falstaff Chris Carter, Master Electrician Cori Blythe, Electrics Apprentice Riley Noble, Electrics Apprentice Brady Hislop, Projection Engineer: Falstaff Craig Brinker, Sound Engineer A-1 Isabella Curry, Sound A-2
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DANIELLE SCHULTZ (SET DESIGN)
KELLEY FINN (LIGHTING DESIGN)
This season at BMC: The Merry Widow, Carmen
This season at BMC: Carmen, Speed Dating Tonight!
Danielle has spent the past three summer seasons working as Props Master and Scenic Designer at Brevard. Other credits include: SUNY Purchase: Much Ado About Nothing (Scenic Design). Red Fern Theatre Company (Props Master) - All Through the Night, +30NYC and We in Silence Hear a Whisper. Packawallop Productions (Props Master) – Paper Cranes.She recently graduated from SUNY-Purchase with a MFA in Scenic Design.
Kelley is thrilled to be returning to Brevard Music Center for her second season. Last season she designed Dialogues of the Carmelites and H.M.S Pinafore. Kelley is currently pursuing her M.F.A in Lighting Design at Purchase College, SUNY and received a B.A. in Theatre at the University of West Florida. Previous lighting experience includes the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, the Purchase Repertory Theatre, Heritage Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Musicals, and the Black Hills Playhouse.
EVAN ADAMSON (SET & PROJECTION DESIGN)
ANDREA BOCCANFUSO (LIGHTING DESIGN)
This season at BMC: Falstaff
This season at BMC: The Merry Widow
GLENN AVERY BREED (COSTUME DESIGN)
TLÁLOC LÓPEZ-WATERMANN (LIGHTING DESIGNER/ PROJECTION CONSULTANT)
Evan is a designer and associate based in NYC. Current projects include Viaggia a Reims at Wolf Trap, the national tour of Flashdance, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the 2014 Winter Olympics. Career highlights include the Broadway productions of The Mountaintop, Stick Fly, Arcadia, and Matilda as well as national tours of Beehive the 60’s Musical, and Footloose and regional productions of The Mountaintop, Aida, All Shook Up, Peter Pan, The Full Monty, Cabaret, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Blues Clues. He is thrilled to return to BMC after designing last season’s The Barber of Seville and La bohème.
This season at BMC: The Merry Widow, Carmen, Falstaff/ Costume Coordinator: Speed Dating Tonight!
Glenn is happy to be returning to Brevard Music Center for his Sixth season as Resident Costume Designer, having designed La bohème, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, Three Penny Opera, Elixir of Love, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, Little Women, Pirates of Penzance, Die Fledermaus, The Marriage of Figaro, Tales of Hoffman, Hello Dolly, and Gianni Schicchi. He holds an MFA in Costume Design and Technology from The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a BA from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Costume Design and Technology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, as well as the resident Costume Designer for Pensacola Opera. Glenn would like to send a special thanks to Jason Estala and the entire costume shop staff at BMC.
NECOLE E. BLUHM (WIG AND MAKE UP DESIGN) This season at BMC: The Merry Widow, Carmen, Falstaff, Speed Dating Tonight!
Necole E. Bluhm is thrilled to be back at the Janiec Opera Company for her 3rd consecutive season. Past credits include: H.M.S. Pinafore, La bohème, Hansel and Gretel, and Three Penny Opera. Necole received her BFA in Wig and Make Up Design/ Artistry from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2011 and has been with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival since her graduation.
Andrea’s favorite past designs include Carmen, Sweeney Todd, Night of the Iguana, and Fool for Love. She served as Lighting Venues Coordinator for 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy with LDG, Inc. Currently lighting designer for IMCD Lighting, Inc., her clients include IMG Fashion (Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week), Google, Hugo Boss, Prada, Calvin Klein, MLB.com, Playboy, and Project Runway among others. Current in her sixth season as Production Manager at The Brevard Music Center, Andrea received her MFA Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Theatre, Arts and Film.
This Season at BMC: Falstaff
Tláloc López-Watermann is the founder of a lighting and video design company called Light Conversations LLC. He designs lighting for theatre and opera companies around the country. Last summer he designed Otello, Fanciulla del West, and Voire Humaine at Castleton Festival. He has designed at Walla Walla Comunity College Foundation’s summer musical, Opera Louisiane, North Carolina Opera, Toledo Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Shreveport Opera, University of Memphis, and Opera Roanoke. He received MFA in Design from NYU/Tisch. lightconversations.com.
BRADY HISLOP (PROJECTION ENGINEER) This Season at BMC: Falstaff
Brady is a digital artist who works with projection and interactive media. He works in many fields including fashion shows, experiential advertising, theater and interactive art installations. His most recent work includes: Content Manager for YouTube Brand Cast (NYC), Lead Projectionist for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Launch Party (Las Vegas), and Sound Engineer for US Olympic Committee’s 100 Days Out Event (Times Square). Brady holds a BA in Theatre from Earlham College.