Michael Grayman is Artistic Director and co-founder of Spinning Tree Theatre. For Spinning Tree, Michael has directed Kansas City premieres of 13, Violet, Ghost-Writer, Hello Again, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As told by Himself), The Year of Magical Thinking and Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn as well as Amadeus, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, A Little Night Music, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Fantasticks and Master Class.
Also in Kansas City, Michael directed Flat Stanley and Narnia for Starlight Theatre at The Kauffman Center; Annie Jr and Bugsy Malone Jr for The Coterie, and served as Associate Director on Sylvia at The New Theatre.
Michael studied directing and producing at Princeton’s famed McCarter Theatre Center as assistant director to such notables as: Tony Award winner Garry Hynes on the 2007 Broadway revival of Translations; Kent Gash on Tarell McCraney’s The Brothers Size and Artistic Director Emily Mann on her world premiere production of Mrs. Packard, which Michael assisted in transferring to The Kennedy Center. In New York City, Michael directed Left Bank Bookseller at Barrow Group Theatre, Chinadoll Overdrive for NYC Summer Play Festival, and was associate director to Tom Caruso on Zombie for New York Fringe Festival. Regional directing credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (The Barnstormers Theatre, New Hampshire); Part of Me Missing (McCarter Theatre). Assistant director: Mrs Packard (Kennedy Center); The Brothers Size (McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ); A Night in the Old Marketplace (Prince Music Theatre, Philadelphia).
Michael has been a teaching artist for The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company and Accelerated School Overland Park. He recently completed a successful semester teaching musical theatre at The University of Kansas with Andrew Parkhurst and accompanist/music director Ryan McCall.
As a 22-year member of Actors’ Equity Association, Broadway national tour credits include the 40th anniversary production of West Side Story supervised by Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurents, The King and I and Mamma Mia! Michael is a graduate of the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Andrew Parkhurst is Managing Director and co-founder of Spinning Tree Theatre. For Spinning Tree, Andrew has co-directed and/or choreographed 13, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Violet, A Little Night Music, Motherhood Out Loud, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hello Again, The Fantasticks and Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn.
Also in Kansas City, Andrew co-directed and/or choreographed Flat Stanley and Narnia for Starlight Theatre at The Kauffman Center; Once Upon a Mattress, Annie Jr and Bugsy Malone Jr for The Coterie. He choreographed Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (2013 and 2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hats starring Joyce DeWitt, Married Alive! starring Barry Williams, Cactus Flower starring Loretta Swit, Run For Your Wife starring Garrett Morris and Boeing-Boeing starring Marla Gibbs for The New Theatre.
Andrew was assistant to Tony and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Rob Ashford on the Broadway production of Curtains, and Dance Captain/Swing on the Broadway tour of Mamma Mia! for more than 2,000 performances through the United States, Canada and Mexico. He had the honor of being directed by Roman Polanski in the original Vienna production of Tanz der Vampire as Dance Soloist (Vereinigte Bühnen Wien), was chosen and directed by Alvin Ailey at age 16 to dance Memoria, and performed on the 2009 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Other performing highlights include the national tour of Chicago, Call Me Madam at Papermill Playhouse starring Leslie Uggams, Evita at North Carolina Theatre and The Aladdin in Las Vegas, and La Cage aux Folles at North Shore Music Theatre. Andrew was featured in 5 productions of West Side Story including a German-language production in Augsburg, the 40th anniversary European tour (Zurich, Berlin, Vienna, Milan and Frankfurt), and at Tennessee Repertory Theatre (recorded on the Naxos label with maestro Kenneth Schermerhorn and The Nashville Symphony), Starlight Theatre and North Shore Music Theatre.
In New York City, Andrew choreographed Wood (New York Musical Theatre Festival); the first NYC revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party; Eternal Anniversary (59E59 Theatre); and Over the Tavern (Penguin Rep). Regional choreography credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Brigadoon (The Barnstormers Theatre, New Hampshire); Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing.
Andrew has been a teaching artist for The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, Princeton Day School and Accelerated School Overland Park. He recently completed a successful semester teaching musical theatre at The University of Kansas with Michael Grayman and accompanist/music director Ryan McCall.
A Young Artist Scholar at the American Dance Festival and a graduate of Texas Christian University – where he founded the AIDS Outreach Center Benefit Concert, now in its 23rd year – Andrew created the dance program at Princeton Day School. A recent graduate of Nonprofit Connect’s Executive Director Institute, Andrew is also a 20-year member of Actors’ Equity Association.