Derek Gregor (book/music) Derek's musical Unlock’d played an extended Off-Broadway run having previously received a Richard Rodgers Award, the "Best Of The Fest" NYMF Audience Award, two Talkin’ Broadway Summer Theatre Festival Citations ("Outstanding New Musical" and "Outstanding Original Theatrical Score"), and subsequently the Kleban Award for book (Sam Carner). Unlock’d was part of the New Works Festival in Palo Alto, Ca, and the Ravinia Festival. Derek's electro pop/New Orleans Jazz musical Toast was produced at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in Jan of 2016. Currently, his children's musical Love Splat is included in TheatreWorks USA's review "The Teacher From The Black Lagoon". His musical Island Song will be produced this summer at the Adirondack Theatre Festival. He is a recipient of a 2016 MAC Award (Manhattan Association of Cabaret). Derek teaches a summer songwriting course at NYU, and has taught master classes in musical theatre song interpretation at Yale, University of Michigan, Princeton University and the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts in London. He is a proud member and teacher at the International Thespian Festival. Derek holds an MFA from the NYU Tisch School Of The Arts and a BA from Skidmore College.
Selda Sahin (book/lyrics) co-wrote the songs to the pop/electronic musical short film GRIND starring Anthony Rapp (RENT, DAZED AND CONFUSED) and Claire Coffee (NBC’s GRIMM). Several of Selda's songs have been recognized as "Ones to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association. Her song "The Storm" was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest. Selda wrote the music and lyrics to ALL FALL DOWN which received a production at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (dir. Lonny Price) starring Mary Testa and Jenn Colella. ALL FALL DOWN was further developed at Penn State University, and will receive a workshop in NYC in late 2016. As a director, Selda assisted on the Broadway productions of URBAN COWBOY and MASTER HAROLD…and the boys (Danny Glover), as well as the Emmy Award-winning Lincoln Center production of Stephen Sondheim's Passion (Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, and Michael Cerveris). She is a graduate of New York University and a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop advanced class.
Colton Pometta (book/director) is a producer, writer, director, choreographer and actor based in NYC. He is the founder of Laughing Giraffe Productions, a company that tours musicals to schools and professional venues, produces concerts and staged readings of new shows and educates actors. Laughing Giraffe launched its first children’s theater tour in 2014 with WANDA'S WORLD, an anti-bullying musical that played to thousands of students. He served as a resident producer and director for a theatrical venue in Times Square known as Write Act Repertory for two years, focusing primarily on developing new musical theatre. He has given birth to a cabaret series known as THE SONGWRITERS' SALON, featuring new musical theatre writers and Broadway talent. Recent directing/choreographing credits include directing THE STORY OF SALLY MCLAUREEN for The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the U.K., choreographing George Bizet’s CARMEN at New York Opera Exchange, directing the French premiere of ORDINARY DAYS in Paris, France and directing various shows at 54 Below and other popular cabaret venues in NYC. He has served as an adjunct professor at Concordia College, teaching a course on developing new musicals. Also a member of Actors Equity Association and The Screen Actors Guild, Colton has been an opening solo act for Carol Channing and has performed in a wide range of New York City and regional productions. He is thrilled to be bringing He Said/She Said’s message to schools and professional theaters across America! Training: Interlochen Arts Academy and Circle in the Square Theater School.
Fiona Rae Brunner