KATE FUGLEI (PERFORMER)
Kate was a company member of the first National Broadway Tour of Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Mayer. She was Mrs. Webb in Michael Greif’s production of Our Town at the La Jolla Playhouse and in Scott Schwartz’ adaptation of My Antonia at the Rubicon Theater, with music by Stephen Schwartz. She has played leading roles at theaters across the country—including the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, NY Shakespeare Festival, LA Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and many more. She has acted in eight feature films, four films for television, and has over thirty television credits—ranging from NCIS to Masters of Sex. Kate is one of the creators of Rachel Calof: A Memoir with Music. Learn more at KateFuglei.com or IMDB.
KEN LAZEBNIK (PLAYWRIGHT)
Ken LaZebnik co-wrote A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Of his ten produced plays, two have won citations from The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA). Ken's most recent play, On the Spectrum, was voted by the ATCA as one of the three best new plays premiered outside of New York City. LaZebnik wrote the film Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, which featured Peter O’Toole. For television, he was a writer/producer for seven years on Touched By An Angel, and has written for Army Wives, When Calls The Heart, and Providence. Learn more at KenLazebnik.com or IMDB.
LESLIE STEINWEISS (COMPOSER/LYRICIST)
Leslie Steinweiss most recently created music for Museum Scandals, a short film directed by Sande Shurin. As composer-in-residence for the theater company DearKnows in New York City, his scores have been performed at Lincoln Center, Home for Contemporary Theater and Art, and Olympia Dukakis’s Whole Theater. He composed music for The School of Jolly Dogs, which was workshopped and performed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. On Broadway, he provided incidental music for The Price of Genius. Other film credits include PBS documentaries, independent films, as well as collaborative work with his wife Marjory Steinweiss, a filmmaker. Learn more at LeslieSteinweiss.com
ELLEN S. PRESSMAN (DIRECTOR)
Ellen’s early directorial résumé includes episodes of Felicity (J.J. Abrams), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon), My So Called Life (Winnie Holzman), as well as Party of Five, and thirtysomething. As a producer, Pressman has received Emmy awards and Golden Globe awards for Best Dramatic series, as well as Humanitas Prize awards, for Hill St. Blues, L.A. Law and thirtysomething. She has directed Rachel Calof throughout its development. Learn more at IMDB.
ROSE MALONE (LIGHTING DESIGNER)
Rose Malone is a lighting designer and concept artist who uses a wide array of technologies and rendering techniques in her visual storytelling. She received an MFA in design from California Institute of the Arts and works primarily in Los Angeles. Some of her own productions in LA include designing With Love and a Major Organ at Boston Court, Rachel Calof at the Pico Union Project, TedX Culver City at the Ivy Substation, and Dead Awaken at CalArts. Additionally she has designed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ￼assisted with Deaf West Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening on Broadway, and assists locally in venues ranging from The Geffen Playhouse to South Coast Rep.
ROSS KÄLLING (PIANIST/ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS)
Ross was Musical Director of the Beverly Hills Playhouse for fifteen years, where he worked with directors Milton Katselas and Gene Reynolds and with Jeffrey Tambor, Doris Roberts, Dorothy Lyman, Penny Fuller and other stunning actors. He was founding Director of Music Curriculum at ANMT (now NMI.org). As a composer/lyricist his plays have been performed in New York, London, Chicago, Seattle and Los Angeles. He works as a Pianist, and Musical Director in Theatre (where he earned two Dramalogue awards), Cabaret and Concerts all around Southern California.