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Ryan Kelly and Dale Miller

Living With Henry - Next Stage

PTC Performance Space
555 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

July 23 - 29, 2012
Monday, July 23 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 27 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 1:00 p.m.

This is a 100-minute show with
no intermission.

Tickets on sale June 15th: call 212.353.3101
or click here

Ryan Kelly - Living With Henry
Ryan Kelly (Michael)

Ryan Kelly is very pleased and grateful to be invited to be a part of this personal production with such incredible artists and friends! He was recently seen in The Normal Heart (Studio 180/Buddies); Living With Henry (Toronto Fringe/Best of Fringe 2012); Twelfth Night at the Gladstone and in Craplicker in the Best of the Fringe '10! In '09, Ryan was part of the Best of Fringe in Hipcheck: The Musical. He has performed in all three Shakespeare Experiment at Buddies in Bad Times and in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown for Beyond Boundaries. Ryan was seen at Rhubarb Fest '09 with Cordelia. Favourite theatre credits include: I Have AIDS (Cabaret Co.); Mamma Mia (Mirvish); Suzie Goo: Private Secretary (BIBT) and Will the Real JT LeRoy Please Stand Up? (Cabaret Co.) for which he earned a Dora Award in '07. TV and film credits include: The Dog Walker (Genie Nom); Queer As Folk (Season 4) and Almost Audrey (Canada Comedy Award Nom). Recent and upcoming: Cosmopolis; Breakout Kings; Warehouse 13 and Dancing Queen @ BIBT. Ryan is Director of Drama at The Centre For Art & Soul ( and a go-go dancer for the Juno-nominated band, The Monkey Bunch.

Lizzie Kurtz - Living With Henry
Lizzie Kurtz (Jenni, Sustiva)

Lizzie Kurtz is thrilled to be continuing this exciting journey with Living with Henry. Previously, she appeared in Living With Henry (Toronto Fringe/Best of Fringe 2012); Hipcheck: The Musical which also won Best of Fringe ‘09. She has also performed at The Victoria Playhouse and with Drayton Entertainment in Cowgirls. Other favourite theatre credits include: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Beyond Boundaries); Don't Tell Mama (Buddies in Bad Times); The Secret Garden (Theatre Orangeville); CATS (Neptune Theatre, Stella Productions - Germany); Forever Swing (Winter Garden Theatre); Grease (Jean Ann Ryan) and Top Girls (Theatre Sheridan). She would like to thank Christopher and Donna Marie for thinking of her once again to play with them! For Henry - and all those who have come to know him.

Mary Kelly - Living With Henry
Mary Kelly (Mom, Dr. Kenny)

Mary Kelly is inspired to be at the Toronto Fringe Festival, telling this story. Her family all are wonderful storytellers and the best stories - no matter who tells them - make us recognize ourselves and teach us who we are. Since we are all learning to live with our own version of Henry - whoever or whatever Henry may be - this is a great story to tell! Most recently, Mary appeared in Living With Henry (Toronto Fringe/Best of Fringe 2012); Oliver! (Grand Bend, Theatre Aquarius); Anne of Green Gables (Grand Theatre) and in Man of La Mancha (Drayton Entertainment). Other favourite credits include: Sophie Tucker in Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas; creating When All the Slaves are Free - words and music of Joni Mitchell (Great Canadian Theatre Company); originating the roles of Honour in Tom Jones and Amelia in The Little Match Girl (Stage by Stage Productions); and originating the role of Flipote and Mme. Graille in Napoleon. Mary sings anywhere she can - at folk festivals, with choirs, on radio, TV and recording studios. A highlight was performing with Symphony Nova Scotia as principal soloist (with Clary Croft), singing material from Dr. Helen Creighton’s collection of folklore, with arrangements by the brilliant Scott MacMillan (Celtic Mass for the Sea). Other favourite credits: Closer than Ever; Damn Yankees; Emily; Side by Side by Sondheim; The Baker’s Wife and Nunsense.

Living With Henry - James Smith
James Higgins (Musical Director)

In his 20-year plus career, James has performed in over 80 countries on all 7 continents (including a performance in the middle of the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica!). This past April, he conducted the world premiere of Goddess Wheel by Galt MacDermot and Matty Selman. He was recently the  music coordinator and orchestrator for the premiere of Slow Dance with a Hot Pick Up by John Pielmeier (Agnes of God) and Mr. Selman. Working in regional theatres and operas houses across North America, he has conducted over 75 musicals and operas including Sweeney Todd; Candide; Ragtime; Madama Butterfly; South Pacific; Kiss Me Kate; Vanessa; Evita; The Pirates of Penzance; and The Rocky Horror Show. In 1996, he worked with Tony Award-winners Martin Charnin (Annie, Two by Two) and orchestrator Doug Besterman (The Producers, Carrie) on the Broadway-bound Jeanne La Pucelle.  From 2002-2005, he was the resident music director and co-executive director of Musical Theatre Southwest in Albuquerque NM, the largest community musical theatre company in the U.S. at the time. In his 3 seasons, he conducted, stage directed and/or produced 20 fully-staged productions, as well as numerous benefits concerts and gala performances.

Living With Henry - Jessica Parr
Jessica Parr
(Assistant Stage Manager)

Jessica Parr is thrilled to be continuing the journey with Living With Henry - having been a part of the company this past Toronto Fringe Festival 2011. She is fortunate to be able to have some part in the telling of this story and is grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing artists and people on her first professional show. Jessica is completing her second year of the University of Alberta’s BFA Stage Management program and looks forward to working with everyone again on future productions!.

Living With Henry - Laura Gardner
Jennifer Goodman
(Set, Costume & Lighting Designer)

Jennifer is a set, costume, lighting and projection designer, and a graduate of both the MFA Design program at the University of Alberta and the BFA theatre design program at Concordia University. Her theatre training includes design assistantships at the Banff Centre (opera and dance programmes) and with Catalyst Theatre’s production of Hunchback. Her theatre design work has been seen across Canada in Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, and Kingston, as well as overseas in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. In 2008, Jennifer was the recipient of a Montreal English Critics Circle Award (MECCA) for best set design for 7 Stories (Tableau d’Hôte). Recent credits include: The Farnsworth Invention, Chicago (Keyano Theatre Company); Vernon God Little, Xanadu, Company (Grant MacEwan University); Excess Unwanted Growth, How I Learned to Drive (Liquid Meld); Tumit (Akpik Productions); Dark Owl (Tableau d’Hôte); Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Shakespeare in the Park Calgary); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, While We’re Young (Citadel Young Companies). Jennifer is currently in her second season as an assistant designer for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Living WIth Henry - David Silvestri
Dale Miller (Henry)

Dale Miller is an accomplished performer based in Toronto. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance (voice) and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Acadia University. Selected theatre credits include Sesussical; Living With Henry; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Cabaret; Jesus Christ Superstar; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!; CATS; Forever Plaid; Plaid Tidings; Side by Side by Sondheim; The Giant's Garden; Evita; I Do, I Do; The Handmaid's Tale; Victor/Victoria and Les Miserables where he starred as Marius. Recently, Dale performed in his own one man show called Dave Millen Presents... Dale was the lead vocalist onboard a Holland American cruise ship, spent two years as a member of a comedy troupe called The Improv Knights and sings lead in a Celtic folk-rock band called Up All Night. Live. Hope. Love.

Living WIth Henry - John Edwards
John Edwards (Matthew, Nurse, Truvada, Boy 1)

John Edwards is very excited to be joing the team of Living With Henry at the Next Stage Festival. Theatre credits include: Link Larkin in Hairspray (Port Hope); Skimbleshanks in Cats (Rainbow Stage); Aladdin in Alladin Jr. (Silvermist); Moose in Hercules the Muse-icle (Disney Cruise Lines); and three seasons with the Charlottetown Festival in Anne of Green Gables, British Invasion II: America Strikes Back, Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart, Disco Cirque, and Somewhere in the World. Other credits Include: Rocky Horror Show (Citadel); West Side Story, Annie (Theatre St. John's); British Invasion (Stage West Miss/Calgary); Jesus Christ Superstar (Sunshine Festival); and Disney Dreams and Wishes (Disney Special Events - Australia).

Living With Henry - Kraig Waye
Gavin Hope (Peter, Boy 2)

Gavin’s diverse professional career has included solo concert performances, stage, television, and film. He is a three-time Juno nominated recording artist and has been fortunate enough to perform around the world, sharing the stage with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, James Brown, and Deborah Cox. Theatre highlights include: lead roles in the original Canadian companies of RENT (Collins) and The Lion King (Simba). Other selected credits include: The Tempest (CanStage); As You Like It (CanStage); and Smokey Joe's Café (Stage West). Gavin also toured with, and recorded six albums with internationally-renowned Canadian a cappella group, The Nylons. He is currently a core featured solo vocalist with Jeans ‘n Classics, and performs many Pops concerts with Symphony Orchestras across North America each year. He is both excited and delighted to join the company of Living With Henry.

Donna Marie Baratta - Living With Henry
Donna Marie Baratta (Director, Choreographer, Dramaturge)

Donna Marie Baratta is thrilled to direct and choreograph this very personal story of her best friend and dear heart! Prior to directing, Donna Marie performed professionally in Crazy For You (Mirvish Productions, Snapshot Productions), Sunset Boulevard (Livent), the Charlottetown Festival and Magnus Theatre (Reflections on a Crooked Walking, Ned Durango Comes to Big Oak) to name a few. She has taught for private dance studios, Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, the University of Alberta and has directed, choreographed and produced numerous plays, dance performances and musicals including: How I Learned to Drive, Strange Mary Strange, Death and the Maiden; Embedded; Low Level Panic; Aftershock; Candide; Honk!; Footloose; Perfect Life; Spirit of a Nation; Bridgefest’97; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Crazy for You; The Vagina Monologues; Alice in Wonderland; You Can’t Take it with You; 7 Stories; Jitters; Peter Pan; Seussical the Musical and Grease. In 2005 she had the experience of a lifetime as an Assistant Choreographer on a French Film entitled Gone for a Dance. She has been an arts educator for twelve years (six of those at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts), proud Past-President of the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators and is now thrilled to be in her final year in the University of Alberta’s MFA Directing program.

Living With Henry - Katie Winchester
Alexa Carroll (Stage Manager)

Alexa is delighted to be part of the LWH team! She recently stage managed Underbelly Diaries off-Broadway and at the 2011 NY Fringe, and Operation Impervious in Toronto (which is just like New York, but without all the stuff). She also stage managed the original Toronto Fringe Festival production and remount of Bella Donna; Burning Passions’ production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession; The Drawer Boy for the Georgian Theatre Festival; as well as How to Get Rid of a Monster and Radio Daze for Smile Theatre. Other credits include: Jane Moffat’s Gink and The Dizzy and Dale Chronicles; 2 tours with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia; The Sea for Actors Repertory Company; The Chairs for Modern Times Stage Company and Clouds: The Musical. In memory of my dear teacher, mentor and friend, Judy Silver.

Christopher Wilson - Living With Henry
Christopher Wilson (Playwright, Composer, Artistic Producer)

Christopher Wilson is a professional performer and arts educator whose credits include both national and international appearances. Selected performing credits include: Aida (Canadian Opera Company); The Red Queen Effect (Next Stage Theatre Festival); You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (Beyond Boundaries); Timebomb (Toronto Fringe Festival); The Mikado (Drayton Entertainment); The Man of La Mancha (Waterloo Stage Theatre); Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions); Carmen (Royal Opera Canada); The Mikado (National Arts Centre); The Gondoliers (Stratford Festival); Anne of Green Gables, Puttin’ on the Ritz (Charlottetown Festival) and the movie musical, The Music Man (Disney Entertainment ABC). He has professionally educated throughout Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He is currently on faculty with the Canadian Opera Company, the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and the Toronto District School Board. Living With Henry is the culmination of a life well lived. It has been an enormous labour of love to create this piece - and I am so very grateful to all the individuals in my life that have loved, supported and nurtured me through this very important and personal journey! May you all make peace with your very own Henry.