Creative Team

Who’s Who

Creative Team

Camp Broadway’s Creative Team is a tight-knit group of experienced professionals who have been working with the company for many years. They are leaders and master teachers who are successful in translating the traditions and standards known to professionals on Broadway into age-appropriate programs that are relevant and inspirational for aspiring amateur thespians. Camp Broadway’s Creative Team assembles a team of teaching artists for each program from an extensive list of Broadway professionals.


HOLLY RAYE
(Director/Choreographer)

Holly started out as a ballet dancer growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. At age 14, she received a scholarship to the Boston School of Ballet (Boston Ballet Company).  A summer trip to NYC that same year changed her life forever as she experienced the “lure” of musical theatre and Broadway. Placing runner-up in the Miss Michigan Pageant ( Miss America Brand)  gave her the confidence needed to move to NYC.  Her Broadway credits include SwingGuys and Dolls, and Dream & Nightmares starring Master Illusionist David Copperfield. Holly was featured in 5 of Mr. Copperfields Emmy Award winning CBS TV Specials.  National and International credits include Dance Captain for the world premier of  Houdini: The Musical at the prestigious Segal Center for The Performing Arts in Montreal, Canada. Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, The Tony Awards, Cabaret, and Disney Live Productions for films Hercules, and The Little Mermaid. She has had the honor of dancing alongside Liza Minelli, Shirley MacLaine, Dance Coach to Penelope Cruz, and assistant choreographer for the film Vanilla Sky.  Favorite roles: Principal Dancer in the TV Series FAME, and presenting Oprah Winfrey with the Elie Wiesel Humanitarian Award.  Numerous Films,  Live Industrial Shows, and National Commercials later, Holly is now a member of Midtown Direct Rep (www.midtowndirectrep.org) and has written her first short play titled Waiting.  Holly has been Choreographing and Directing with Camp Broadway since 2007.


MICHELLE M. ROBINSON
(Choreographer)
Mainstage: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Greenville, Tempe, San Antonio, Miami

Michelle began her formal dance training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem under the tutelage of Artist Director, Arthur Mitchell and Co- Director, Karl Shook. Acknowledging her ability, she immediately became a member of the corps-de-ballet. While there, she simultaneously was a member of the renowned Marie Brooks Children’s Dance Theatre. She has had the opportunity to travel to places such as Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, Surinam, Ghana, Brazil, Italy and Paris to name a few.  As a recipient of The Harry Belafonte Performing Arts Scholarship, she attended the State University of New York at Purchase where she graduated from with a B.F.A. in Dance. After graduation, Michelle’s talents were sought after by many prestigious dance companies.   However, she had now set her sights on Musical Theater.  From Europe to Broadway she has appeared in such productions as Sophisticated Ladies starring Judith Jamison, Can-Can,DreamgirlsThe TempestJelly’s starring Gregory Hines, They’re Playing Our SongBlack and Blue starring Savion Glover, Sweet Charity and presently an original cast member of the smash Musical Broadway Revival of Chicago. On television, she has been seen on the daytime soap opera drama “One Life to Life” in the role of Mrs. Sharp and the HBO Special “Lackawanna Blues.”


TONY SPINOSA
(Director / Choreographer)
Mainstage: Greenville, Miami, Buffalo

TONY SPINOSA is a director, choreographer, performer, writer, arts leader and producer. He has directed over fifty theatrical productions across the United States. Born in Wantagh, New York, he began his career as a performer. At a very early age Tony was mentored by theatre legend Michael Bennett and made his Broadway debut in PETER PAN with Cathy Rigby.

Tony became the Resident Director of the Tony Award winning Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Longacre Theatre starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. During the Broadway and National Tour productions of LA CAGE, Tony worked with Harvey Fierstein, Jeffrey Tambour, Christopher Seiber and George Hamilton in the leading roles. As a director/choreographer, Tony’s award winning work includes WEST SIDE STORY and CATS at the Herberger Theatre Center in Phoenix, Arizona, in addition to CHARLIE CHANG AND THE MYSTERIOUS SALAMI at the New York City Cringe Fest. Select regional productions include HAIRSPRAY, FAME: THE MUSICAL, THE KING & I, THE MUSIC MAN, OLIVER, KISS ME, KATE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ANYTHING GOES and. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. As an arts leader, Tony has produced numerous events for Broadway Cares, Theatre Development Fund and The Actors Fund, including the recent mega-hit BOMBSHELL IN CONCERT with the original cast of SMASH at the Minskoff Theatre. He founded the iStar Theatre Lab in 2012 which supports the next generation of theatre artists and nurtures the collaborative setting by providing a safe environment for taking risks and exploring the scope, range and depth of the artists’ creative ability. To date, the iStar Theatre Lab is responsible for developing VEILS, GAY BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE GEORGE HAMILTON PROJECT. He has also participated in International collaborations in Zurich, Glasgow and Vilnius thorough the European Arts Organization IETM. He is currently working closely with the Estonian Government on a new musical celebrating the history of this culturally rich, technology forward country.

As a performer, Tony has been seen in National and International Tours of A CHORUS LINE, SOUTH PACIFIC, LEADER OF THE PACK, PETER PAN and EVITA. He has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in A TRIBUTE TO MARVIN HAMLISCH with Nathan Lane and SOUTH PACIFIC with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Regional performing credits include Walnut Street Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, La Mirada, Santa Barbara CLO, San Jose CLO, the El Portal Arts Canter, Casa Mañana, Bass Hall and the International City Theatre. Tony is a proud member of SDC, AEA and SAG-AFTRA. www.tonyspinosa.com


JONATHAN STAHL
(Director / Choreographer)
Mainstage: New York City, Buffalo, Westhampton Beach

Jonathan Stahl calls New York City home, but grew up in the picturesque countryside of Pennsylvania.  He has had a fortunate and diverse career, having done everything from Ballet to Broadway and everywhere from Denver to Dubai. Striving for continual challenges in the Arts, Jonathan has added directing and choreography to his lists of skills – but still loves the opportunity to perform and teach. After high school, Jonathan attended Shenandoah College and Conservatory (now University) majoring in Musical Theatre.   He left after two years wanting to concentrate his training on dance.  Although Jonathan started dance training “late”, he trained rigorously at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and was dancing in a ballet company after a year and a half.  This chapter took him to the Midwest where he spent time dancing in professional companies.  He landed in Chicago and from there he was given his first of many lives with the musical CATS for which he traveled to Hamburg Germany.  After that experience, Jonathan returned to Chicago, which is when he began his full transition back to musical theatre.  Moving to New York began a new chapter.   In New York City he was fortunate to continue his career, locally and regionally.  The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, CATS, SWING!, and CINDERELLA, kept him in NYC, but regional theatres have kept him in theatre  He has had the honor to perform at Westchester Broadway Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Northshore Musical Theatre, The Walnut Street Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse,  Gateway Playhouse and Pittsburgh CLO.  As he continues a new chapter as a director/choreographer, Jonathan hopes to work with fellow performers to create a collaborative environment that gives him the opportunity to share some of what he has learned over the years, but also to continue to learn as well.   His first full production directing and choreographing, NINE starring Bob Cuciolli, started with much critical success and he strives to continue that tradition.

Teaching is another outlet that gives him this cherished opportunity to share his knowledge while still learning from students.  He has done this most of his professional career and always enjoys any opportunity to teach.  BUT, he still values being on stage since continued performing work keeps him in touch with his roots and passions.


Cynthia Thole
(Director / Choreographer)
New York Pops Spring Gala

Cynthia Thole  (Director) is a veteran of the Broadway stage, working with theatre legends; Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp, Susan Stroman, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Ernie Flatt, and Mike Ockrent.  Broadway performance credits include: Me and My Girl, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, Nick & Nora, Meet Me in St. Louis, and A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden. National tour: 42nd Street, Oklahoma!, and Sugar Babies and the movie version of The Producers. Direction/Choreography credits include: Theater Under the Stars, Reagle Music Theater, Theatreworks USA, Two Beans Productions, Allenberry Playhouse, Mill Mountain Theatre, City College, Penn State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, City Center Education programming, and Camp Broadway. Currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Musical Theater at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Cynthia also teaches in the dance department at Montclair State University. Cindy is a member of Actors Equity, SAG, and SDC and holds a B.A. in Dance from Butler University.


Kristine Bendul 
(Choreographer)
Mainstage: Jacksonville, Tempe, New York City, Las Vegas, Buffalo, San Antonio

Kristine Bendul is thrilled to be returning to Camp Broadway in 2017. Kristine brings her experience of seven Broadway shows. Aside from being nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Movin’ Out, other favorite theater credits include performing in Live at Lincoln Center and five Broadway productions with the City Center Encore Series. You may even recongnize her from NBC’s Smash, or most recently, the first episode of Baz Luhrman’s new Netflix Show, The Get Down. She has performed at both the Tonys and the Oscars with Hugh Jackman and Beyonce, and holds two First Place ProCabaret titles, one with The International Hustle & Salsa Congress and the other with Bill Cameron’s Swing Dance Championships. Her ballet experience includes being one of the selcted company members of NJ Ballet to tour alongside New York City Ballet to Russia and Taiwan. As a choreohrapher, Kristine has been creating works for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS’ highly profiled annual events, the Easter Bonnet and Broadway Bares: Fire Island. She has choreographed for immersive theater, music showcases, a music video and the International Hustle & Salsa Congress. She was asked back a second time to premiere a new piece for The Actor’s Fund Benefit, Dancers For Good, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth. Her newest achievement however, is a published children’s book author & illustrator of Noodles Needs A Nap which was inspired by a character she played in Broadway’s Cinderella in which she was the assistant choregrapher and partnering consultant. She is ever greateful for her years in show ‘biz’ and it brings Kristine so much joy to now be able to give back by sharing what she learned over the course of her career. www.kristinebendul.com


Spence Ford
(Choreographer)
Mainstage: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Tempe, New York City

Spence Ford is thrilled to be working with CAMP BROADWAY’S MAINSTAGE. She currently teaches ballet and jazz as Professor of Practice in dance for the BFA Musical Theatre degree program at Molloy College/CAP21. Previously, she was Head of Dance for the BFA MT program at Penn State University. As a result of her travels with Penn State, she taught Master Classes in musical theatre dance in Seoul and Great Britain.  Her academic choreography for musicals includes Ragtime, Urinetown, She Loves Me, Children Of Eden, Falsettoland, Side Show, and Good News.  She has also directed and choreographed Lucky Stiff, King Of Hearts, and Sweet Charity.  She has choreographed Grease, 42nd Street, Pippin and Chicago for Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Professionally, she has choreographed Oklahoma, West Side Story, Oliver, Annie, Baby, Dames At Sea, The Fantastiks, and George M. Before her incarnation as a teacher/choreographer, Spence was a professional on Broadway, performing in King Of Hearts, Carmelina, Peter Pan, Copperfield, Merlin, La Cage Aux Folles, Dancin’, and Teddy And Alice.  She toured the US in Cats and West Side Story.  She was featured in Dancin’ in London and was thrilled to dance for Queen Elizabeth II.  She also performed for the inaugural gala for the first President Bush in 1989.  Her favorite experiences include understudying and going on for Chita Rivera as the Evil Queen in Merlin and performing the role of Cassie in A Chorus Line at Pennsylvania Centre Stage. In 2008, Spence participated in the 5th International Forum of Jazz Dance with Matt Mattox and Donald McKayle.  In summer 09, she taught at Jacob’s Pillow for the Jazz/Musical Theatre Festival.  Her one-woman show Taking More Chances debuted in 2013. She lives with deep appreciation for her mentors:  Marian Mease Childrey, Bob Fosse, Graciela Daniele, and Peter Gennaro.


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J. NAVARRO
(Music Director)
The Next Step: New York City, Buffalo

J. is on faculty at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Drama’s New Studio on Broadway, where he has Music Directed Company, James Joyce’s The Dead, The Seven, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, and The Who’s Tommy. He was Music Director on the acclaimed Adding Machine Off-Broadway (Lortel, Obie, Outer Critics Circle Awards), received a Best Orchestrations Nomination for his work on This One Girl’s Story (NYMF 2011), launched Barrio Grrrl! at the Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes Nomination), helmed We The People (Lortel Nomination) and 2 additional National Tours for Theatreworks USA, and has been a Guest Artist at CAP21, Columbia University, the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and the Stella Adler School. J. has served in many Music Departments on Broadway, including The Apple Tree (starring Kristen Chenoweth), Curtains (starring David Hyde Pierce), The House of Blue Leaves (Piano Coach to Ben Stiller), the current Broadway hit Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, Next to Normal, Spelling Bee, and many more. He has also conducted shows across the country, including Barrington Stage Company, Hangar Theatre, Two River Theater, TheatreWorks – Palo Alto, and Westport Country Playhouse. J. is a Jonathan Larson Award winning composer/lyricist. joconernavarro.com


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BILL NEWBERRY
(Music Director)
Mainstage: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Greenville, Tempe, San Antonio, Miami

Bill Newberry is a music director, teacher, performer and composer/arranger from Atlanta, Georgia. National Tours: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (three different ones!), Annie (four different ones!), Les Miserables, The King and I, The Sound of Music, High School Musical I and II, and more. Regional music directing productions: Hello Dolly!, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Peter Pan (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Violet, Once Upon a Mattress, My Fair Lady, Murder Ballad, Once on This Island, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, See What I Wanna See, Oklahoma!, End of the Rainbow (Actor’s Express), Camelot, Tuck Everlasting (Alliance Theatre), Curtains (Act 3 Productions). Bill has taught privately for many years, was the music director for the Fox Theatre’s Rising Stars Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, and is the resident music director for the Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s Education Programs. Bill studied at Florida State and Georgia State University. He has worked with Chita Rivera on the world premiere of Casper, the Musical. He has been a vocal coach for Diana Degarmo (American Idol Season 3 runner-up), and 4 other artists who made it to Hollywood Week.


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(Music Director)

Stephen Purdy is currently on Musical Theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, an Artist-In-Residence at the Musical Theatre Academy of London, and is the founder and principal coach at the New York Vocal Coaching Studio. In the Fall of 2016 Stephen is set to become the head of the American Musical Theatre Academy of New York, a new conservatory for burgeoning Musical Theatre Artists (www.theamta.com). His students have been cast in the Broadway and touring companies of nearly every major Broadway musical of the last 15 years (including THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, LES MISERABLES, WICKED, KINKY BOOTS, BILLY ELLIOT, MAMMA MIA, IN THE HEIGHTS, HAIRSPRAY, THE LION KING, and many others) and are singing on concert stages worldwide. As a guest artist/instructor, he has taught extensively both nationally and internationally, most notably in China, Korea, and throughout Europe. He is active as a coach and musical director annually for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Camp Broadway, and The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. He is the vocal instructor for the very popular ‘Dancer’s Voice’ series in New York taught in tandem with casting personnel from Broadway’s leading casting offices including Telsey and Company, Duncan Stewart, Tara Rubin, and others. Prior to his work as a teacher and coach, Stephen conducted and played for the Broadway and touring companies of many popular Broadway and off-Broadway musicals including THE FULL MONTY, PETER PAN (Cathy Rigby), THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, FRANKENSTEIN (Cast Album), and THE FANTASTICKS. He spent five years in Europe with 42nd STREET, A CHORUS LINE, and GREASE, including a year in Paris. American regional theatre credits include five years as resident Musical Director at Ogunquit, Westchester Broadway Theatre (19 shows), Alliance (Atlanta), Arena Stage, Helen Hayes, The York, Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore, Kansas City Starlight, Playwright’s Horizons. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in’Vocal’Pedagogy from Westminster and is the author of ‘Musical Theatre Song: Selection, Preparation and Presentation for the Modern Performer’ to be published and released by Bloomsbury in February 2016.


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CHRISTINE RILEY
(Music Director)
New York Pops Spring Gala

Christine Riley – Recent New York City credits include: Music Director/Arranger/Orchestrator for A Moment in Time with Stewart Lane, Music Director/Arranger for The Quiet Clock, Director and Music Director for EDGES and SHOUT! The Mod Musical (Marymount Manhattan College), as well as Musical Director for Sweet Charity with Jeff Shade, Rags with Barbara Siman-Strouse, Triumph of Love with Kevin Connell (Marymount Manhattan College), and 21st Century Noel Coward with Larry Fuller (Lincoln Center and the York Theatre). Other NYC credits include: My Vaudeville Man (The York Theatre), Gemini The Musical (The Acorn), Flight of the Lawnchair Man (37 Arts), Seesaw (The Connelly Theatre), and Count to Ten (Theatre at St. Clements). National Tour: Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also served as the Music Director for numerous NYC cabaret shows as well as regional and university productions for the Prather Family of Theatres, Arizona State University, Cornell University, Casino Rama, and Fallsview Casino among others. Christine also arranged and conducted a new musical, Caterina’s Son, in Florence, Italy. She is a member of the Theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and maintains a private vocal coaching studio. BM – Ithaca College / MM – Arizona State University.


Alan Schmuckler
(Music Director)

ALAN SCHMUCKLER is excited to return to Camp Broadway! Music direction/associate credits: work at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, O’Neill, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Symphony Space; Children’s Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, About Face Theatre. Composer/lyricist: Wait Wait Don’t Kill Me (Wondery Media Network; Flea Theater; Peoples Improv Theater; Sarah Lawrence College International Audio Fiction Award), My Little Red/Green Coat (mylittleredgreencoat.com; NYMF “New Musicals New Media”), Days Like Today (Writers Theater; development, Playwrights Horizons), and The Emperor’s New Clothes (Chicago Shakespeare Theater; theaters worldwide; licensed, R&H Theatricals). With Michael Mahler, music and lyrics: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (world premiere, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis), musical pilot Boyfred (Shoe Money Productions; Sony TV; ABC TV), and How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back? (Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Marriott Theatre, NAMT Festival; theaters, schools nationwide). Music and additional lyrics: We Three Lizas (About Face Theater, Joe’s Pub). Previously in residence: Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters’ Project; Goodspeed Musicals; Weston Playhouse. In concert: “Broadway’s Future Songbook” (NYPL at Lincoln Center), 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Actor: credits include work at Lincoln Center, Hartford Stage, MUNY, 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists; three-time Joseph Jefferson nominee, Chicagoland. Proud graduate, Northwestern University, School at Steppenwolf. @alanschmuckler


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ROBBY STAMPER
(Music Director)

Robby is an award winning composer and alumni of the Tony award-winning BMI Musical Theater Workshop. He has written Miss Buttercup is Missing, The Tale of Ganesh The Elephant Prince, and The Frog Prince, Bugtown, Sunset Park and Moonlight (book and lyrics by Nicole Kempskie). His shorts Picture Perfect and Dream Teen, (book and lyrics by Arianna Rose), and Mother of the Year, (book and lyrics by Nicole Kempskie) have been produced at The York Theater-NYC as part as their 4@15 series. He is also composer of the shorts Wild Roses and Sister Aimee: Live at the Capitol Theatre, (book and lyrics by Andrea Frierson). His musical, Helen on 86th St., (book and lyrics by Nicole Kempskie), had its highly praised New York premier in April of 2011 and is published with Playscripts Inc. His newest musical The Order Of Things (with lyrics and book by Nicole Kempskie) was recently named a finalist for the 2013 Eugene O’Neill Award and is currently in pre-production stages. Robby has been a musical director, composer and performer with Walt Disney Entertainment since 1991. He served as musical director for Disney Theatrical’s Cub School. Cub School works with children, preparing them for young roles in The Lion King and Mary Poppins on Broadway. He composed the song, “Sea Of Imagination” for Tokyo Disney Seas 5th Anniversary. As a teaching artist, Robby works with Tada!, Arts Connection, Camp Broadway, Brooklyn Academy of Music and City Center’s Encores! In School programs, teaching Musical Theater performance and songwriting skills to kids throughout New York City. Last year, he worked in over 20 inner city schools and had over 2,000 children participating in his programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. He currently serves as a Musical Theater Consultant in collaboration with MTI Broadway Jr. and Arts Connection and has worked on Guys and Dolls Jr., Annie Jr., Seussical Jr., and Willy Wonka Jr. Robby won the 2012 MAC Award /Song of the Year for his song, “He’s On His Way”, with lyrics by Arianna Rose. Robby and lyricist/librettist Andrea Frierson are recent recipients of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship Award for their musical Sister Aimee. www.robbystamper.com


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Anna Raful
(Co-Director, Shining Stars)

Anna Raful has grown from one of Camp Broadway’s teaching assistants to a featured teaching artist for our signature camp in New York City and on tour. Anna graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and spends her time appearing in shows in throughout New York, New Jersey and in Ogunquit, ME. Her most recent roles include: Sonia in Godspell, Sister Hubert in Nunsense, Peppermint Patty in Snoopy and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank.