JEFFREY BINDER (Director, Into the Woods, Associate Artistic Director) Broadway: Lieutenant of Inishmore (James, Original Broadway Cast), Lion King (Zazu), Mary Poppins (George Banks), Side Man (Clifford). West End: Side Man (Al, premiere). NYC: Dr. Faustus (Lucifer, Scholar, etc., Classic Stage Company), Music Hall (Artiste, US Premiere 59E59th), Romance/The New Testament (NY Premieres/Neil LaBute, 59E59th), Birth and After Birth (Bill, Atlantic), Princess Turandot (Pantalone, Blue Light) Regional: The God Game (Matt, premiere Gulfshore Playhouse/Capital Repertory Theatre), Love in the Wars (Odysseus, premiere, Bard Summerscape), The Master and Margarita (Bard Summerscape), Bob (Bob, Humana 2011), Tartuffe (Valere, NJSF) Television’s “Damages” (recurring), “Law and Order”, “L&O: Criminal Intent,” “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” MFA, NYU, 1998.
JENNIFER C. BRONSTED (Costume Designer) is in her fifth season at Gulfshore Playhouse. Favorite credits at Gulfshore Playhouse include Boeing-Boeing, The Butcher, The God Game and All My Sons. Other design credits include Henry V with American Shakespeare Center and The 39 Steps with Florida Gulf Coast University. She has worked with Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Jennifer graduated University of Alabama with a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design/Production. www.jennyclairedesigns.com
New York City-based Director of Music and keyboardist JOHN AUSTIN CLARK serves as founding Producing Artistic Director for Bourbon Baroque, an ensemble that performs the music of the Baroque on period instruments. In addition to his administrative responsibilities with Bourbon Baroque, Mr. Clark operates a private piano studio, is an active accompanist and vocal coach, and directs musical theatre and opera.
CORY DUNN (Production Manager) joined the Gulfshore Playhouse team in September of 2015, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Prior to arriving in Naples, he produced and directed numerous theatrical productions in Tallahassee, Orlando, and Atlanta in coordination with student-driven theater companies in those areas.
JULIA HAJJAR (Guiding Star) is 17 years old and has been performing since she was 6 years old. When not performing she’s training at various dance studios and was a competitive dancer for 9 years. Her latest performances were My Fair Lady, Fosse, Rocky Horror, Catch Me if You Can, Fame and Legally Blonde. She is a choreographer/teacher at the Naples Players: Nutcracker Goes Pop & The Ever After!
ALEXANDER K (Set Designer) received his BA degree in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received his MFA degree in Scenic Design from Illinois State University. He is excited to be back for his third summer designing for the summer camp shows.
HESTER KAMIN (Director/Choreographer, Aladdin Jr, Director of Education) has directed more than 200 shows throughout the US and Europe. Favorites: The Tempest, Blood Wedding, Sleeping Beauty. Hester was Director of Education of Barrington Stage and created the education programs at the Hawaii Theatre and Bucks County Playhouse. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theatre and the winner of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists National Award.
SAMANTHA LUCAS (Assistant Director/ Choreographer, Aladdin Jr) has studied dance and theater since the age of six. A Pittsburgh native and music theatre major, she has had the opportunity of performing with many regional theaters including the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Prime Stage Theater, The Comtra Theater, and Front Porch Theatricals. In addition to these credits, Samantha has performed with Tony-Award Winner Billy Porter.
FRANCESCA MARTIN (General Technician Intern) is a sophomore Theatre major at Florida State University. She recently performed in FSU School of Theatre’s New Horizons: A New Works Festival and is secretary of 30in60 sketch comedy group. Next year, Francesca will be assistant stage managing both main stage musicals at Florida State.
MEGAN MCCOMBS (Acting Intensive, Acting for Ages 9-14, Education Associate) is a graduate and former faculty member of Sarah Lawrence College, pursued a career as a professional actress, retired to raise her family, but continued working in theatre education. She comes to Gulfshore Playhouse after 11 years as KidzAct Director at The Naples Players.
LEAH PORRATA (Broadway Bootcamp, Broadway Bootcamp Junior, Teen Musical Theatre Intensive) is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She currently serves as the Theatre Director at Orangewood Christian School in Orlando, and previously served as Director of Education at Gulfshore Playhouse for two years. She is happy to revisit her old stomping grounds this summer as a GP Teaching Artist!
EMMA SULLIVAN (Guiding Star) is an incoming sophomore at Naples High School. She first worked with Gulfshore Playhouse through their STARwrights program and participated in the Gulfshore Playhouse 2017 Gala. She is excited to continue volunteering and participating in programs at the playhouse and to be a 2017 Guiding Star!
KELLI TYSINGER (Scenic Charge Artist) is in her third year at Gulfshore Playhouse and is wearing another hat as the summer’s Costume Shop Assistant. She graduated from Brevard College in Brevard NC with a BA in Theater. She worked at Brevard Music Center for three summers in the paint department. Originally she is from Lewisville, NC, and is very excited to come back for a fourth season at Gulfshore Playhouse.
GRAHAM ZELLERS (Lighting Designer) is entering his third season with Gulfshore Playhouse. He designed Jungle Book Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. last summer for the education camps and is excited to work with all of the kids again! Graham graduated from Ball State University and while there he designed the lights for several shows, with his favorites being Frankenstein and The Crucible.