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Léa Bourgade 
Léa has been playing the violin since age 4. After moving to San Francisco from Paris in 2009, she has participated in the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Workshop, the Sid & Mary Foulger International Music Festival, and, most recently, the Aspen Music Festival and School. In 2015, Léa won 1st prize in the Senior Ensemble category of the VOCE Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Galatea Trio, one of the many chamber groups she partook in both independently and in the SF Conservatory of Music Pre-College Program. At age 18, she is currently a rising sophomore at Stanford University, where she has been co-concertmaster of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, both on-campus and during their tour to Mexico and Cuba last June. 


Eileen Blum Bourgade 
Eileen started violin at age 11 and is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory’s pre-college program. Eileen received a BA from Stanford (French/Music) and an MM in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music, with post-graduate studies with Naoko Tanaka (Juilliard). As an adolescent, she appeared as a soloist with the Marin Youth Orchestra, Orchestra Da Camera, the Stanford Chamber Orchestra and in the masterclasses of the late Franco Gulli, Nathan Milstein, Henryk Szeryng and Isaac Stern. Eileen is an alumna of the Aspen, Tanglewood and Schleswig Holstein festivals, and performed for several years with the American Symphony and the Trio Celeste in the NY Metropolitan Area. Eileen worked as an equity analyst at Bear Stearns (NY), Lazard (Paris) and Colony Capital (Paris). After a long musical hiatus, Eileen began performing and teaching again after the birth of her third child, Julien. Presently, she teaches privately and is on the Board of SFCM and Lessons for Life, a non-profit organization that provides private instrument lessons to underprivileged youth. 

Jason Brock
Jason Brock is a television, film and stage star. He was seen in homes all over the world as a finalist on X-Factor singing songs like Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind." Jason also starred in the film, "Love is not Enough," which played at global film festivals, including the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. Jason is well-known as a cabaret star and performs original shows regularly. He was voted "Best Male Cabaret Singer" the last three years by the readers of the Bay Area Reporter. He has also done a fair amount of theatre. Some of his roles include: Hedwig in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" at the Boxcar Theatre, a demented flower girl in Taylor Mac's "The Lily's Revenge" at Magic Theatre, and "Peachy Gale" in Peaches Christ's "The Wizard of Odd" at Castro Theatre. Jason is currently working on an album of original music. His original songs, "Cornbread," "You've got the Love" and Miguel Migs' "Sail On" can be purchased or streamed on most music services today.

David Burnham
David Burnham was last seen on Broadway in the mega-hit musical, "Wicked", playing Fiyero, a role that he originated in the developmental workshops of the show. He is an original Broadway cast member of the musical "The Light In The Piazza", performing both on the Tony Awards and the PBS telecast "Live From Lincoln Center." He is the recipient of the prestigious "Helen Hayes Award" for Best Actor as well as the Best Actor "Garland Award" for his portrayal of Fabrizio in the national tour of "The Light In The Piazza." David first gained critical acclaim when he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond as Joseph in the national tour of "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (Dramalogue Award). He toured nationally in another Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster playing Peter in "Jesus Christ Superstar." Recently n NYC, he starred in the new Off-Broadway show "The Best Is Yet to Come - The Music Of Cy Coleman." He was the voice of the Prince in the Warner Bros. animated feature "The King And I," and can be heard on the soundtracks to "Ghepetto,"  "Home On The Range" and Comedy Central's "South Park" . David performs with symphonies all over the country and his solo concert has been seen in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has recorded two solo albums, his self-titled CD and "One Day." David works extensively with kids through vocal and acting workshops and hosts a summer program for young artists called "Camp Sing." Most recently he starred in "Showstoppers" at the Wynn in Las Vegas. www.davidburnham.com

Garrett Clayton
Garrett Clayton is best known for his leading role in the hit Disney Channel movies “Teen Beach Movie,” and “Teen Beach Movie 2." He recently made a dramatic shift to take the lead role opposite James Franco and Christian Slater in King Cobra, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. Following that he took the lead in the thriller, Don’t Hang Up and joined the all-star cast of Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth and Martin Short for NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” He recently finished up work on the drama, Reach, which will be released in 2018.

Clayton has also recently found his way back to the stage, starring opposite Al Pacino and Judith Light in God Looked Away. The show premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse and is expected to make its way to Broadway later this year. He is currently working on a musical version of the popular film The Breakfast Club, which will open summer 2017. Past work includes a lead role in the musical version of Almost Famous.

An actor, singer and dancer, his television credits include a recurring role on the hit ABC Family series “The Fosters,” and guest-star roles on series such as Lifetime’s “The Client List,” and Disney Channel's "Shake It Up" and “Jessie.” Clayton also led a talented cast in the Lifetime TV movie "Holiday Spin," opposite Ralph Macchio. Raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Clayton performed in regional theater productions of "High School Musical 2," "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown," "Peter Pan" and "Beauty and the Beast.” 

Carole Cook
Carole created the role of Maggie Jones in the New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo companies of the Tony Award winning musical, 42nd Street & originated the role of Blanche Daly in the Broadway hit play, Romantic Comedy. She was the second “Dolly” in the world, following Carol Channing for a two year run in Australia and New Zealand. She has starred in major of productions of both Mame and Auntie Mame. She co-starred in the Los Angeles and National companies of Father’s Day, for which she received a Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle nomination for Best Actress, and also starred in the Australian production of the play. Best Actress Awards include The Supporting Cast, Patio/Porch and The Lion in Winter, in which as Eleanor of Aquitaine, she co-starred with her husband, Tom Troupe. They also acted together in The Gin Game. In the National tour of Steel Magnolias, Carole played the irascible “Quiser”, for which she received a Helen Hayes Theatre Award. She has been the recipient of eight Best Actress Drama Logue & Robby Awards in Los Angeles. Her feature films include: The Incredible Mr. Limpet, Palm Springs Weekend, American Gigolo, Summer Lovers, The Gauntlet, Lost and Found, Grandview U.S.A., and Sixteen Candles. She has guest starred on most major television shows Including Grey’s Anatomy. She has toured extensively in her one woman show, Dress Up and starred in Follies Reprise in Los Angeles and in the New York City Center production of 70 Girls 70. In 1995, Carole received Baylor University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2002, she and Tom were presented the prestigious Theatre Ovation Award for Career Achievement. The first husband and wife team ever to be so honored. Carole recently did a guest starring role on Major Crimes on TNT Network. For the past 31 years, she has appeared in the S.T.A.G.E. AIDS benefit in Los Angeles, and this will be her 20th year with Help is on the Way.

Trent Harmon
Trent holds the reigning title as American Idol. The Season XV victor originally hails from East Mississippi and immersed himself in music from an early age. From singing “Amazing Grace” with his family to starring in various musicals in college, Trent credits life on his family’s farm as a major influence on his music career. Less than one week after taking the title during the final season of American Idol, Trent entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, earning him a “hot shot debut” with coronation song “Falling," which was written by Idol judge Keith Urban along with celebrated songwriters Dallas Davidson and Brett James.

Already in the studio, the 25-year-old musician is eager to begin recording his self-described “Country-soul” album and recently released his debut single “There’s A Girl” on FOX & Friends’ Summer Concert Series. Critics raved week-after-week following each of Trent’s “vocally gifted” (LA Times) performances as he covered hits by Justin Timberlake, Sia, Parson James, Percy Sledge and more. For the latest updates, follow Trent on Twitter.

Levi Kreis
Levi is one of the most honest communicators you will find. He executes his craft with profound vulnerability, a soulfulness that leaves you feeling as though you’ve experienced something deeply personal. In every area of his expertise, Kreis has been awarded for his commitment to the highest quality of entertainment. However, what people value most about Levi is how he makes them feel. To Kreis, art is a real life conversation that is healing as much as it is entertaining.

In theater circles, Kreis is known for originating the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in Broadway’s Tony nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet. The role won Levi the 2010 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, a 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award, and a 2010 Drama League nomination. Kreis began workshopping the piece in 2004, also arranging music for the show. His performance demonstrates that even the nuttiest of comedic characters have a human longing, a vulnerability that endears us to their struggle, a truth that offers us hope. Kreis recalls, “I’ve always been a meaning maker. I see art as an opportunity to convey something deeper, something spiritual. When you touch an audience at this level, they remember it forever.”


Other notable stage credits include the Tony nominated revival of Violet starring Sutton Foster, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and the national tour of Rent. Kreis’ interest in new works has drawn him to a few theatrical developments such as One Red Flower with Emmy Award Winning director Paris Barclay and Mozart L ’Opéra Rock with Tony nominated director Lonny Price. These works have appeared at The Kennedy Center, The Village Theater, The Goodman Theater, and the North Shore Music Theater.


In film, Levi is best known for his role as Fenton, Adam’s brother (Matthew McConaughey) in Bill Paxton’s directorial debut Frailty (2001). Levi began his acting career with film and has recently returned to screen with roles in The Divide (2017), and A Very Sordid Wedding (2017) Surprisingly, acting was never Levi’s primary pursuit. Kreis is a singer-songwriter whose piano pop records have been featured in key moments on network television shows including The Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, So You Think You Can Dance, Mob Wives, The Apprentice, Days Of Our Lives, Young And The Restless, and several films. With six albums to date and a 2009 OutMusic Award for “Stained Glass Window”, the theme song for the Del Shores film Southern Baptist Sissies, Kreis has built a loyal following that continues to expand the reach of his own label imprint Vision 9 Records. Levi is currently recording his 7th album slated for November 2017.


In the beginning, a 6 year old Levi came home from kindergarten graduation after hearing Pomp & Circumstance and started playing it by ear on the piano with both hands. Soon Kreis was writing his own original classical compositions. His mother held a phone over the piano as Levi played for a professor at Vanderbilt’s Blair School Of Music. A freshman in high school, Levi was given a full scholarship to study piano and composition at Vanderbilt University under a special pre-college program. Upon graduating high school, his credits were transferred to Belmont University where he studied music business. Kreis recorded his first album at 12 years old and began a life of touring. As a young songwriter, Levi had his first Top 10 hit with “Timeless” recorded by the Christian group Selah. Kreis confesses that, to him, songwriting is therapy. Consequently, his lyrics give remarkable insight to the complexities of life and reveal profound emotional intelligence, a distinguishing quality you can expect from all of Levi’s work.

Maureen McGovern
Multi-Grammy nominee, Broadway and Recording artist, MAUREEN McGOVERN continues to thrill audiences with a voice that defies categorization. Known as “The Stradivarius Voice,” McGovern’s career includes more than 45 years of recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, radio and songwriting.

Maureen’s #1 Oscar-winning International Gold Record, “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure,’ garnered her first Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist,” and her solo album “The Pleasure of His Company,” with Emmy/Grammy-winning, jazz pianist, Mike Renzi, earned her second Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal.” She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning “Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers.”

Other hits include, “Can You Read My Mind” from “Superman,” the Oscar-winning “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno” and “Different Worlds” from the TV series “Angie.” In addition to hearing her music in films and television, McGovern played the role of “Sr. Angelina” in the iconic comedy films “Airplane!” and “Airplane II: The Sequel” and “Rachel” in “Joseph: King of Dreams” with Ben Affleck.

Maureen made her Broadway debut in 1981 as “Mabel” in “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE,” and went on to star as “Luisa” in “NINE and “Polly Peachum” in “3 PENNY OPERA” with Sting. In 2005 she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as “Marmee” in “LITTLE WOMEN, THE MUSICAL’ on Broadway. She reprised her role as “Marmee” in the 1st National Tour of “LITTLE WOMEN” and starred as “Anna” in the Broadway Revival Tour of “THE KING and I”. In addition, Maureen has performed in numerous regional theater productions including “THE LION IN WINTER,” “DEAR WORLD,” “OF THEE I SING,” “GUYS AND DOLLS” and her one-woman musical memoir, “CARRY IT ON,” among others.

Her recent PS Classics CD, “A LONG AND WINDING ROAD,” has been praised by The New York Times as “…a captivating musical scrapbook from the 1960’s to the early 70’s. Ms. McGovern’s vocal technique is second to none.”

Maureen’s current release, “YOU RAISE ME UP – A Spiritual Journey,” is an intimate yet powerful recording. McGovern says, “We are all a part of something much greater than ourselves and connected to each other soul to soul. Listen with your heart.”

For 35 years, Maureen has served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as a volunteer, performer, Board Member, Vice President, and Chairperson of the record-breaking Shamrocks Against Dystrophy Campaign and NYC Telethon Co-Host for 6 years. She supports Music Therapy and has been an Artist Spokesperson for the American Music Therapy Association since 2001. She is currently a Board Member of Medicine and the Arts/Humanism in Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. “What raises McGovern above most other artists in her stylistic arena is her unique combination of a natural vocal ability, knowledgeable musicality and an amiable manner…a world class vocal artist.”– Los Angeles Times

Salsamania
John Narvaez and Liz Rojas, dance artists and world salsa champions, are recognized as one of the most accomplished competitive salsa dance couples in the world.  They are the founders and directors of the San Francisco Bay Area-based Two Time World Team Champion Salsamania Dance Company. Salsamania is recognized as the premier salsa dance company in the Bay Area performing "San Francisco Style" salsa (a fusion of New York and Puerto Rican styles). Salsamania dancers are known their hypnotic performances that are marked by high levels of grace, speed and technical difficulty.  If you are interested in having John and Liz teach at your event, please contact us at johnandlizproductions.com

Jessica Sanchez
Born in San Diego, Jessica Sanchez was two years old when her parents noticed she had a gift for singing. By the time she was 10 Jessica was performing on shows like, Showtime at the Apollo, and America’s Got Talent. At age 16, as a final contestant on season 11 of American Idol, Jessica Sanchez rose to stardom by belting out soaring ballads by the likes of Etta James, and Whitney Houston. In 2013 she released her debut album with Interscope Records titled “Me, You, and the Music” and went #8 on the Billboard Pop Charts. The first single “Tonight” featuring Neyo has over 14 million views on YouTube. 

After parting ways with Interscope, Jessica began touring domestically and internationally, garnering a #1 album and two #1 singles in the Philippines. In 2015 the California native released her first independent single “This Love”, which has more than 1 million views on YouTube.

This year Jessica performed in front of millions of TV viewers for the series finale of American Idol that garnered rave reviews from TIME, USA Today, ELLE Mag, Latina Mag, and more. For the first time in her career Jessica also had the opportunity of performing alongside renowned artist, Andrea Bocelli for his World Tour with more dates to come. 

From her latest single, "Stronger Together", to songwriting in the studio, Jessica has elevated her vocal artistry to a new level as she gears up for her second project.

Lisa Vroman
From Broadway to classics, on stage and in concert, Lisa Vroman has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She starred on Broadway, Los Angeles and San Francisco as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As “One of Amercian Musical Theater’s most beautiful voices” (Cameron MacIntosh), she has garnered theatre critics’ awards for her portrayal. Lisa starred as Marian Paroo in The Music Man(Bushnell Theater with Shirley Jones, Patrick Cassidy and the Hartford Symphony), Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/MUNY Theatre of St. Louis), Birdie in Regina, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins (Utah Symphony/Opera), Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus (New Jersey Opera), and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella(New York City Opera).  For PBS: Johanna in Sweeney Todd (2001 Emmy Award), and Hey! Mr. Producer(London Royal Gala). She played Laurey in Oklahoma(BBC PROMS festival), Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia), Mary Turner in Of Thee I Sing (San Francisco Symphony w/Michael Tilson Thomas), and sang and danced opposite Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppins at the Hollywood Bowl (Disney 75th). Lisa is a frequent guest with symphonies including San Francisco, Nashville, Philadelphia, Dallas, Utah,  St. Louis, Houston, Pacific, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Cleveland, National, Florida, Cleveland, BBC Concert  Orchestra, Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart), Philly Pops (Peter Nero), New York Pops (Carnegie Hall) as well as with  the New York Festival of Song and Organist David Higgs (Disney Hall, Los Angeles). Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Misérables.  Ms. Vroman is a graduate of the Crane School of Music, State University at Potsdam (BM, Hon. Dr. of Music, Minerva Award), Carnegie-Mellon University (MFA), and is a George London Competition winner.

Recent performances have included a multi-city tour of China, An Evening of Rodgers & Hammerstein with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a concert series with L’Opera de Rennes in France, and playing the role of Maria Callas in Terence McNally’s award winning play, Master Class.

Lisa Viggiano
BroadwayWorld winner for best Female Vocalist, recently made her way back to the Cabaret stage with her critically acclaimed show, Night in the City.  A 2017 MAC nominee for female vocalist, Lisa is performing her new show, Three’s a Charm, in NYC and San Francisco.  Coast to Coast, Viggiano has performed as a singer/actor since youth, sharing stage & screen with talents such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Tom Hanks, Rita Moreno, and Bonnie Raitt. Lisa has been seen singing the National Anthem for the NJ Devils, NY Rangers, and the NY Mets. In addition to the cabaret stages of NYC, from Feinsten's 54Below to Don't Tell Mama, Lisa has performed at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts & Herbst Theatre, the Osher Marin JCC, and The Gardenia in Los Angeles. By day, Viggiano uses her voice as a speech-language pathologist for special needs students, helping them to find their voices! Recordings include the original cast recording for the musical Oh Progeny!, Evening Prayer, her live Cabaret CD, One Private Moment, and an original suite of lullabies, co-written with Christopher Marlowe, Keepsake Lullabies. 

Paula West
With a voice acclaimed for its many shades of soulfulness, Paula West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast. Known for her distinctive repertoire—she believes the American Songbook includes such writers as Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Jimmy Webb, and Leonard Cohen—Ms. West adds her own depth and drama to American favorites. Born into a Marine Corps family, Ms. West grew up in San Diego. Moving to San Francisco, she attended singing classes and jam sessions, where she was drawn to songs with interesting harmonies and literate lyrics. Since then, she has performed at venues like Yoshi’s San Francisco, and the Empire Plush Room. She has given annual shows at the Herbst Theatre, and she now holds the record for consecutive weeks at The Rrazz Room. In New York, she has performed at Feinstein’s at the Regency, The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Blue Note, The Iridium, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. She has been a featured soloist with The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Among her national engagements, Ms. West has appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Boston’s Scullers, Jazz Aspen and major art festivals like Spoleto USA. Internationally she has performed in Europe, Japan, and Israel. She has shared the bill with luminaries such as Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Scott, Oscar Brown, Jr., Freddy Cole, Mose Allison, Mavis Staples, and Dave Frishberg and she performed at The White House in a salute to American writers. Ms. West has worked with such jazz greats as Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Charlap, Mulgrew Miller, Frank Wess, Victor Lewis, Peter Washington, Regina Carter, Roy Haynes, Eric Reed, and Bruce Barth.  For several years, Ms. West performed consistently with The George Mesterhazy Quartet until. Mr. Mesterhazy died suddenly. The CD, “Paula West Live At Jazz Standard” with The George Mesterhazy Quartet, was released on Hi-Horse Records. Ms West is grateful to have known George.

Cast members from the Broadway touring cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN
With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical,, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a “big, fat hit!”(New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).

 


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