The Creative Team
Sheryl Berk (Book)
A New York Times bestselling author several times over, Sheryl is most proud of the dozens of books she has co-written with her daughter, Carrie, including “Peace, Love and Cupcakes” and it's musical incarnation! A renowned celebrity ghostwriter, she has worked with Maddie Ziegler, Derek Hough, Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz, Zendaya, Britney Spears and other A-listers. Her #1 bestseller “Soul Surfer” with Bethany Hamilton was adapted into a major motion picture.
Carrie Berk (Book)
Carrie is a best-selling author of two children’s book series (The Cupcake Cluband Fashion Academy), has penned personal essays for several publications including Girls Life Magazine. She has an author blog with 100K followers on Facebook. Both of her book series were made into Off-Broadway musicals by Vital Theatre in NYC, and Carrie is currently working on and appearing in Peace, Love and Cupcakes: The Musical which will be performed at NYMF's 2017.
Rick Hip-Flores (Music & Lyrics)
Rick Hip-Fores is the musical director of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Earlier this year, he was the Music Supervisor and conductor of In Transit, Broadway’s first a cappella musical. Conducting credits include Fun Home, Groundhog Day, Beautiful, and Rocky on Broadway; Jacques Brel at the Zipper Theater; Associate Conductor and arranger at the Radio City Spectacular. As keyboardist: Aladdin, School of Rock, Billy Elliot, Wonderland. Musical Director of We Will Rock You (First National Tour); Music Supervisor of Heatwave: The Jack Cole Project at Queens Theatre in the Park, and ’Swonderful at Pittsburgh CLO. Award-winning songwriter and graduate of Columbia University.
Jill Jayson (Book, Producer)
Jill Jaysen is an award-winning director and published playwright who founded Center Stage Theatre Company in Westport, CT with the vision of awakening dreams for all who experience it. Jill is a strong proponent of creating new works while engaging her students in the creative process. Since 2005, her original musicals have received multiple awards from the NETC, including the prestigious Moss Hart Memorial Award for Best Musical in New England. Most recently, Center Stage was honored alongside the Shubert Theatre and Long Wharf for their Outstanding Achievement In The American Theatre. Jill's tween and teen-centric musicals have been performed nationally, as well as internationally. Her students can be seen on Broadway, Film, TV, National Tours, Disney Radio Live, as well as on stage, accepting a TONY. Jill comes from a diverse background. She is a founding producer of NYMF, a corporate communications coach and strategist and a former stockbroker.
Rommy Sandhu (Director)
As Director/Choreographer, his work has been seen both Regionally and in NYC. He has worked as Associate Director/Choreographer to Kathleen Marshall (Diner, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Bells Are Ringing), Associate Director to Dick Scanlan (Little Shop w/ E. Greene and J. Gyllenhaal). Broadway veteran Gypsy of Seven Broadway shows, Three National Tours and multitude of Regional Theater. Faculty at MMC, BDC, ONSTAGENY. Proud Father of Three and Husband to One. Represented by Michael Moore Agency.
Elizabeth Racanelli (Associate Director)
Elizabeth Racanelli is thrilled to be a part of the PLC creative team! Other regional credits include: Footloose (Assoc. Choreographer), Simon, The Invisible Boy (Assoc. Choreographer), 9 to 5 (Assoc. Choreographer/Dance Captain), and Sweet Charity (Assoc. Choreographer). Congratulations to this talented cast spreading a powerful message!
David Madore (Music Director / Pianist)
Soon: A Chorus Line (Arvada); Selected MD Credits: Battlecry!; Cross That River (w/Donna McKechnie - Kennedy Ctr, NYMF, the O’Neill); Prison Dancer (NYMF); The World Goes Round (Mus. Theatre of CT); South Pacific, The Who’s Tommy, Les Miserables, Happy Days; (West Virginia Public Theatre); Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Live! (Tour); Peace, Love, and Cupcakes; and Flight School (Vital). Other music dept: Seussical (Bway); Les Miserables (Bway reh. accomp); Man of La Mancha (Nat’l Tour); Dear World (w/Jerry Herman); Red, Hot & Blue; On the Twentieth Century (Goodspeed); Sweet Charity; The Game (Barrington Stage); Man of La Mancha; The Sound of Music; Smokey Joe’s...(Mus. Circus), and All That Glitters (B’way workshop); Far From the Madding Crowd (workshops). Psyched to be music directing his daughter, Eliza!
Joe Beumer (Lighting Designer)
Joe Beumer is a NYC based lighting designer for Theatre, Opera, and Dance. In 2016, he designed The Gold, iLLA!, and Camp Rolling Hills for NYMF. Other recent credits include West Side Story, Chicago, and Raisin in the Sun at Summer Repertory Theatre (Sonoma, CA), Mary Poppins (Syracuse Stage), and What We Wanted (Clurman Theatre - Theatre Row). Associate/Assistant work includes the Public Theatre, Opéra de Montréal, Asolo Reportory Theatre, and Cincinnati Opera, among others.
Lisa Dozier King (General Manager)
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Louisa Pough (Production Stage Manager)
Thrilled to be back in the cupcake club!. Selected credits: Peace, Love, & Cupcakes the Musical (Vital NYC, World Premiere); Bastard Jones, Stoopdreamer (the cell); 17 Again; Dust Can't Kill Me (NYMF); I'm Looking for Helen Twelvetrees; Pirates of Penzance (Encores, NYCC); Bandstand; Angelina Ballerina Holiday (Vital, NYC & Tour); Bureau of Missing Persons; Offending the Audience, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents,(Muhlenberg); Macbeth (Pulse). Thank you to Rommy, Liz, David, Rick, Sheryl, Jill, Lizzy, JK Meowling my gracious family, and my glorious friends.