Rachel Klein — Director and Choreographer
Rachel is an NYC based theater director/choreographer hailed as "Endlessly Clever" (NY Post), "The Mistress of the Macabre" (Flavorpill) and "A New Generation's Julie Taymor" (Woman Around Town).
Her production of Around the World in 80 Days ran Off-Broadway for 6 months in 2013 to critical acclaim. She recently directed The Dead Dream Machine, a horror anthology with puppets and live music that featured performances by Michael Musto, Miss Guy, Justin Vivian Bond, Rob Roth, Lady Rizo, Broadway's Constantine Maroulis, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Michael Cavadias, and Randy Jones from the Village People.
In 2012 Rachel received a dance commission from the Jerome Robbins Foundation to create Symphony of Shadows, a world premiere production at Dixon Place; a piece that depicted the horrors of sleep paralysis through dance and aerial choreography. Rachel was a recipient of the 2010 Emerging Artists grant from the Field and the Tides Foundation to develop The Tragedy of Maria Macabre, and was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Play and Outstanding Choreography/Movement for her production of Circus of Circus.
Charles Czarnecki — Music Director and Arranger
New York based creative entrepreneur, Charles Czarnecki, is at the forefront of a new and innovative generation of entertainment. His work and inﬂuence can be seen and heard in theater, ﬁlm, live concerts, and recordings of the highest caliber. From his awards of merit and distinction as a classical pianist, to his catalogue of tracks and albums of every genre as a music producer, Czarnecki makes for a particularly unique visionary.
The maestro made his Broadway debut conducting Jersey Boys and his Carnegie Hall debut conducting (and orchestrating for) the New York Pops. He's scored four ﬁlms to date, all of which have seen the screens of international festivals including the Cannes Film Festival. As a personal music director and creative conﬁdant, his clients range from Broadway stars to Hollywood visionaries. He has orchestrated and vocal arranged over 10 full-length musicals, several live concert and cabaret acts, is the musical supervisor of over 15 projects, and is executive producer of several projects now, as well.
In 2012, he composed his ﬁrst ballet which will be the subject of a documentary ﬁlm celebrating the diversity of choreographers. Charles earned his Bachelor's in Classical Piano Performance and Psychology from Purchase Conservatory of Music (SUNY), his Master's in Classical Piano from the Manhattan School of Music, and certiﬁcates of completion from the Sarasota Music Festival, Piano Summer at New Paltz, the International Academy of Music (St. Petersburg, Russia), and the Amherst School of Music. Maestro Czarnecki is the founder & creative director of CZMaestro.com, a web- based creative resource.
Erik Ransom — Book, Music, Lyrics
Erik Ransom is a composer, playwright, librettist and performer with a diverse body of work. After graduating from The College of New Jersey in 2004 with a degree in music performance, he went on to work extensively as a performer on the stages of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, most recently in the repertory company of “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” and “My Big Gay Italian Funeral”.
His first full-length musical, "Coming: A Rock Musical of Biblical Proportions” was fully produced at The Prince Music Theatre in February 2011— Less than a year after the first draft was begun. "Coming” played to packed houses and unanimously favorable reviews, including raves from The Huffington Post, Edge Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
His other produced works include, “SAGA The Ragnarok Opera” and “Tragic Events”. Erik also penned the lyrics for the commercial Off-Broadway production of "The Anthem" which is currently running at The Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theatre. His latest opus, “GRINDR The Opera” premiered in concert in Spring of 2014, and is currently gearing up for a longer run in the near future.