CREATIVE TEAM
 
Michael Uselmann (Music)
is an award-winning composer and music director based in New York City. His works have been performed by the NOW Ensemble and the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in Music Theory/Composition from Lawrence University and a master’s in musical theatre writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he wrote and premiered two original musicals: Heist! and The Great Divide. Music directing credits include: Beauty and the Beast (National Tour), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Victor/Victoria (Ogunquit Playhouse), Big Fish, Young Frankenstein (Timber Lake playhouse), Hello Dolly! (Wagon Wheel Theatre). 
Alex Koceja (Words)
is a different-award-winning lyricist and actor also based in New York City. Alex received a bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in musical theatre writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is currently working as Assistant Lyricist on a workshop of Kerrigan and Lowdermilk’s new immersive musical The Bad Years, and for the past two summers has performed in and written songs for the New York Musical Festival.

James Will McBride (Direction)
is a director of plays and musicals based in New York City. He has conceived and produced concerts and cabarets at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City as well as venues in Houston, New Orleans, DC, and Hartford. He served as resident assistant director at Hartford Stage for two seasons and is a former Directing Candidate in The American Theatre Wing’s SpringBoradNYC program. He’s assisted directors including Darko Tresnjak, Kent Thompson, Mark Lamos, Michael Wilson, Maxwell Williams, and Giovanna Sardelli. Last spring, he directed the NYC premiere of Naomi Wallace's THE WAR BOYS. Most recently, James was a visiting instructor at Loyola University New Orleans where he directed INFORMED CONSENT. For more visit JamesWillMcBride.com
Jenna Haimes (Choreography)
is an Actor and Choreographer based in New York City. Her most recent choreography was seen in the National Tour of "Clementine", which premiered at Barter Theatre and toured with Theatreworks. She recently relocated to New York after spending three years with Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, first in the Barter Player Company and then in the Resident Acting Company. Her contemporary choreography has been seen in multiple charity benefit concerts which raised funds to battle drug addiction in South West Appalachia, as well as help actors in need. Regional acting credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hunyak in Chicago, Ruth in Wonderful Town and Kaye in The Taffetas. Originally from Colorado, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and bike riding. For more information visit jennahaimes.com.
Sonya Plenefisch (Set & Costume Design) 
is a UK trained theatre designer based in Brooklyn. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first class honours degree in Design for Performance. In London, she has previously worked as an assistant to Tom Piper, Francis O'Connor, and Gabriella Slade, and was one of the twelve young up and coming designers whose work was exhibited at the National Theatre in London for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2017.  Her most recent NYC productions include Into the Woods in Bay Ridge and The House of Bernarda Alba at the Gene Frankel Theatre. www.sonyaplenefisch.com
Kenzie Carpenter (Lighting Design)
is a graduate from Michigan State University where she received her BFA in Design specializing in Lighting. She has recently completed her apprenticeship at Juilliard for master electrician work. This is her first design in NYC and she’s super excited to be a part of the team! You can see her other work at kenzievcarpenter.com