Creative Team

Michael Grayman

Artistic Director

for Spinning Tree Theatre:  A Little Night Music, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hello Again, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Master Class, The Fantasticks, The Year of Magical Thinking and Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn (Director)

other Kansas City theatre:  Flat Stanley and Narnia for Starlight Children’s Theatre at the Kauffman Center (co-Director); Annie Jr and Bugsy Malone Jr for Coterie Theatre (co-Director);  Variety Show 2012 and 2013 for KC Variety The Children’s Charity at the Midland (co-Director)

Broadway:  assistant director to Tony Award winner Garry Hynes on the 2007 revival of Brian Friel’s Translations

Broadway tour:  The King and I (age 14); 40th anniversary tour of West Side Story; Mamma Mia!

NYC directing credits:  Left Bank Bookseller for Network One-Act Festival  (The Barrow Group Theatre) and Chinadoll Overdrive by Michael Hidalgo for NYC Summer Play Festival.

regional directing credits:  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Brigadoon, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (as a resident director at The Barnstormers Theatre, New Hampshire); YouthInk! Festival of original plays (McCarter Theatre); world premiere of A Night In The Old Marketplace (asst. director, Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia); and Zombie (asst. director, New York International Fringe Festival)

McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton:  Michael spent the 2006-2007 season at McCarter Theatre serving as Assistant Director to such notables as:  Garry Hynes on 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.

hometown:  Cincinnati, OH

education:  BFA, The Boston Conservatory; Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts

union:  Actors’ Equity Association; SAG-AFTRA

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Andy Parkhurst

Managing Director

for Spinning Tree Theatre:  Motherhood Out Loud, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hello Again, The Fantasticks and Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn (co-Director); Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Master Class and The Year of Magical Thinking (Producer)

other Kansas City theatre:  Flat Stanley and Narnia for Starlight Children’s Theatre at the Kauffman Center (co-Director); Annie Jr and Bugsy Malone Jr for Coterie Theatre (co-Director); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story at New Theatre (Choreographer); Once Upon a Mattress at Coterie Theatre (Choreographer); Variety Show 2012 and 2013 for KC Variety The Children’s Charity at the Midland (co-Director)

Broadway:  assistant choreographer to Tony and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford on Kander and Ebb’s Curtains, starring David Hyde Pierce, Debra Monk and Karen Ziemba

Broadway tour:  original cast member and Dance Captain of Mamma Mia! for over 2,000 performances; Chicago

NYC choreography:  Wood (New York Musical Theatre Festival); the first NYC revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild PartyEternal Anniversary  (59E59 Theatre); Over the Tavern (Penguin Rep)

regional choreography:  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Brigadoon (The Barnstormers Theatre, New Hampshire); Much Ado About Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost

performance highlights:  Dance Soloist in original Vienna production of Tanz der Vampire, directed by Roman Polanski. Chosen and directed by Alvin Ailey at age 16 to dance Memoria. Sang and danced on 2009 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. Five international productions of West Side Story (including a German language production, a CD recorded with the Nashville Symphony, and performances in Milan, Berlin, Zurich, Frankfurt and Vienna). Paper Mill Playhouse (Call Me Madam starring Leslie Uggams), North Shore Music Theatre (La Cage aux Folles and West Side Story), North Carolina Theatre (Evita, transferred to The Aladdin Las Vegas) and Kansas City Starlight.

hometown:  Kansas City, MO

education:  BFA, Texas Christian University; Young Artist Scholar, American Dance Festival

union:  Actors’ Equity Association since 1996