About Respect

PRODUCTION TEAM
CUILLO CENTRE, WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

Respect: Written and conceived by Dorothy Marcic

 

Paulette Paulette Dozier (Ensemble)
Currently completing her Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts, jazz stylist, Paulette Dozier continues to excite audiences as one of the original cast members of RESPECT. Some of her previous musical theater credits include: La Cage Aux Folles (Jacqueline – Carbonell nomination), 1940s’ Radio Hour (Geneva Lee Brown – Carbonell nomination), Parade (Angela) and Jerry’s Girls. This former runway model recently released her latest jazz CD titled, WITH YOU. Copies may be purchased in the lobby or online at the Web Store of www.paulettedozier.com. While online, join Paulette’s Fan Connection to stay current with her news and events. Paulette sends warm thanks to her wonderful husband and daughter, Domenico and Domenica Fossati, for their infinite love and support. For more information on Paulette, visit her web site at www.paulettedozier.com

Debbie Goldberg Debbie Goldberg (Ensemble)
Originally from NY, Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Music/Theatre Performance/Education from Skidmore College and a Master’s of Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University. Her most recent directing/musical directing credits include Hello, Dolly and Oliver! Other musical direction: Footloose and Fame at Lake Worth High School. Most recent performance credits: Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun; Claire in Fuddy Meers. Stage manager credits: You Can’t Take It With You at Lake Worth Playhouse. Debbie created and directed an acting troupe (JCC Student Players) at the Kaplan JCC in WPB. While living in NYC Debbie had the opportunity to teach music/theatre to high school students, work for the Shubert Organization and at the Metropolitan Opera in the Met Opera Guild’s Education Department as the Met School Membership Coordinator. She is a member of Bob Carter’s Actor’s Workshop and Repertory Company where she continues to train as an actress. Her deepest thanks to Marc, Gail and Kevin for giving her this opportunity!

Karin LeoneKarin Leone (Ensemble)
Karin is elated to be a part of the cast of RESPECT. She is a South Florida native who went to study musical theater at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, and has performed at venues from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC to New York to Orlando. Favorite roles include Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy, Nancy in Oliver, Laurey in Oklahoma and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Karin would like to send a special thanks to her friends and family for their unbelievable support, and a special thank you to Peter Loewy and Marc Carmen “for having faith in me. I love you Tyler!”

Helene Ludstrom Helene Lundstrom (Rotating Ensemble)
Born and raised in Malmö, Sweden. She studied musical theatre at Ballett Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden. “I have lived in New York for the past six years, where I also studied musical theatre at AMDA for two years. I’m still very new to Florida! I played the role of The Narrator in Webber’s Joseph to sold-out houses for two years, and won the Jullan Kindahl award for my work. For Disney: I was the voice of Pocahontas in the Swedish cast, as well as in Pocahontas II, Journey to a New World, and I also worked on the Little Mermaid and The Lion King. I am currently submitting my own music to record labels and hope for the best!! I am delighted, and very thankful to be a part of this cast.” www.helenelundstrom.com

Sharon Owens Sharon Owens (Ensemble)
Sharon is excited and honored to be a part of the highly talented RESPECT family. She has spent the past four years in pursuit of fulfilling her passion … to perform. And perform she has - up and down the Treasure Coast. Her credits during that time have been many and quite varied. Some of her favorites have been Rose Alverez in Bye Bye Birdie, Irene in Crazy for You, Patty Simcox in Grease, The Witch in Into the Woods, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun and Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. Sharon performed with a few Top 40/rock bands some years ago. Although her love for music and theatre is tremendous, she feels her greatest accomplishment is her teenage son Ryan, who is destined for Broadway himself. Sharon would like to thank her friends and family for all their support, with a special thank you to Marc, and kisses to Celso. “I wouldn’t be here without either of you! Mom, I feel your hand guiding me. Miss you.” www.SharonOwens.com

Paula Sackett Paula Sackett (Ensemble)
Paula was most recently seen as Lady Beaconsfield in the Broward Stage Door Theatre’s production of Jekyll and Hyde. Her acting credits include roles in Anything Goes, Crazy for You, Prisoner of Second Avenue, A Stoop on Orchard Street, Steel Magnolias, Noises Off, A Perfect Ganesh, Eleemosynary, Mame, plus Nellie Lovett in Sweeney Todd and The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. Paula has been active in the theatre, onstage and off, since she was a young girl in Chicago, Illinois, and more recently she spent several years in theatre management in Palm Beach County. She is married to Newschannel 5 anchor Jim Sackett and they have two grown children: Mick and Elizabeth.

Leah S. Leah Springer (Ensemble)
Leah is proud to join the cast and crew of RESPECT. A familiar face in South Florida theaters, credits include: BJ in Smokey Joe's Café, The Muse in I Write the Songs: the Music of Barry Manilow, Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, Helen in Wonderful Town, Laurie in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Fredrika in A Little Night Music, and Chastity in Anything Goes, to name just a few. Leah has also performed in numerous concerts, children's theater productions, and with several local bands. Special thanks to Phil Hinton, Emily Price, Barbara Altz, Gail Shank, Kim St. Leon, Angele and the Blue Marlin Fan Club, and the warm and wonderful theater family at the 26th Street Theater. I love you Mom!

... AND THE PROFESSIONAL TEAM

DOrothy Marcic Dorothy Marcic - Author
Dorothy is a professor at Vanderbilt University and the author of twelve books, including RESPECT: Women and Popular Music, the basis for this performance, a project she has been working on since 1999. She grew up in Pewaukee, Wisconsin and actually had an Aunt Lilly, Uncle Vernie, and a mother named Leone, all of whose stories are incorporated in the show. To read more about these family members/characters visit the show's web site at www.respectamusicaljourney.com. Dorothy's other books include Understanding Management, Managing with the Wisdom of Love, and four titles with Golden Books. Many years ago Dr. Marcic worked on the TV show, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. She has traveled the U.S. and the world doing the one-woman show, The Musical History of Women, which has been well-received in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Holland, England and South Africa. She's appeared on C-SPAN, CMT, and Bravo Network. As a Fulbright Scholar, she taught at the Univ. of Economics in Prague, where she lived for four years. She is married to Dick Daft and has three incredible daughters--Roxanne, Solange and Elizabeth--who are her proudest achievements. She is grateful to the women in her family for inspiring much of the piece. She also wants to thank the wonderful cast and crew, especially Gail Shank, who believed in the show and made this production possible. Her personal web site is www.drdorothy.com

Peter L.Peter Loewy - Director
Mr. Loewy is very pleased to return to The Cuillo Centre where he directed last season's smash musical comedy,PAGEANT. He is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Forum Theatre Company, in Metuchen NJ now celebrating its 20th season. He has produced and directed over 90 plays and musicals at the Forum. Mr. Loewy worked on Broadway with librettist Michael Stewart, director Joe Layton and legendary producer David Merrick on such shows asBARNUM; BRING BACK BIRDIE and42ND STREET. He has directed world premier plays and musicals throughout the country.KISS THE BRIDE a world premiere farce at Theatre Fest, the professional theatre in residence at Montclair State University, the musicalCROONERS at the Phoenix theatre in Arizona and the musical,KUNI -LEML, at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, to name a few. Mr. Loewy also toured his hilarious production of the Allen Sherman musical,HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDUH to both Boston and Florida. He imported from London's King Head Theatre the musicalMR. CINDERS and subsequently produced and directed the North American premier at the Forum Theatre. He commissioned a new work about WWII freedom fighter, Hannah Sennesh, entitled,HANNAH SENNESH, THE MISSION HOME which he directed at The Forum Theatre Company and later was transferred to The Kings Head Theatre in London. Television and film credits include the Emmy Award winning children's series, "Unicorn Tales", for NBC. He also developed and wrote the award winning short subject musicalDRACULA BITES THE BIG APPLE. He would like to thank, Gail, Zac, Dean, Bob and the entire staff of the Cuillo Centre for their dedication to this production and working tirelessly to bring the highest quality entertainment to the theatergoers of South Florida.

Phil Hinton- Production Music Director/ Music Arrangements
Phil Hinton Phil was, for many years, a pianist, arranger and conductor for the BBC in London, UK. He has also arranged and conducted more than 250 albums for artists such as Anthony Newley, Shirley Bassey, Howard Keel, Elton John, Vince Hill, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Paul McCartney to name just a few. He was Shirley Bassey's personal music director for three years and Vince Hill's for nine years. Since permanently relocating to the USA in 1994, he has directed countless theatre shows all over the USA as well as having toured with Aretha Franklin and Jim Baily. He has also given many classical and jazz piano recitals around the USA and on several cruise ships, including the world-famous QE2. Phil was also conductor of the Florida Pops Concert orchestra for three years.

Marc Carmen - Production Stage Manager/ Dance Captain
Marc carmen Marc is thrilled to return to the Cuillo Center after doing “Dream” and “Phantom”. He also currently serves as the Dance Captain for the Ft. Lauderdale production of “Respect”. Marc recently worked with the National Tour of “Fosse”. Marc’s performing credits have taken him from NYC to England. Favorite shows include 5 productions of “Crazy for You”, multiple productions of “A Chorus Line” including the movie with Michael Douglas and “Mame” with Sally Kellerman. Marc performed in 14 shows at the Jupiter Theatre and served as Dance Captain for most of the productions. As a Director and Choreographer he holds five residential credits at various theatres. He has staged such shows as “Cabaret” (revival), “Grease” (revival), “nite Mother”, and most recently “Rumors”. Marc would to thank Gail, Peter, Zach and Dorothy for this wonderful opportunity and the wonderful ladies of “Respect”. Marc would also like to thank his parents, his fabulous brother Jimmy (I miss you), Monito and God for all His many blessing. I miss you, Miss Jean.

Annie Deardorff - Stage Manager

Julie Kleiner- Choreographer
Julie is honored to be a part of the Cuillo Centre team! A native Floridian, she has been living in New York and is currently an NYU student - majoring in Theatre and Pre-Med - and working whenever time allows. Some of her favorite credits include; "Lisa" (and the dance captain off the set) in "Camp" (director Todd Graff, Producers IFC and Danny Devitto), "Hodel" inFIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Carbonell nominee), "Ensemble" in the Broadway National tour ofBIG and "Carrie" inCARRIE - THE MUSICAL at Stagedoor Manor. She'd like to thank her friends, family and loving boyfriend for their constant support.

Mehr MansuriMehr Mansuri - Production Consultant
As Associate Producer, Mehr has worked with NYC's Tony winning theater, New Group/ Dir. Scott Eliot (Avenue Q, Present Laughter) working on Oscar winner Mike Leigh's play, Goose Pimples (with Sam Rockwell); at the Los Angeles Theater Center; and with NY producer, Eric Krebs, in Leaving Watermaine starring Douglas Turner Ward and Ernie Hudson. As Founder & Artistic Director of award winning, Children's Theatre Company, Mehr has enjoyed directing James Earl Jones in for the Verizon Literacy Awards; over 9 commercials for UNICEF with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Douglas, Cisely Tyson, Harry Belafonte, and Roger Moore. She has appeared with CTC on Good Morning America, Regis & Kelly, Sesame Street and the new Tony Danza Show. Mehr has led the casting of several SAG & foreign feature films, and has herself performed in theater for over 15 years garnering the Drama-logue, LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Time Criticâ• s Choice Awards. Mehr holds her Masters (Acting / Pedagogy) and B.A. in Acting from the University of California- Irvine & Actors Center, NYC. She served as Assistant Director to RESPECT, both in New York and on its pre-regional tours, and is thrilled to support the mammoth gifts of Dr. Dorothy Marcic, who makes her astonishing regional theater debut with this extraordinary work. This is just the beginning!

Ryan Mowatt- Stage Manager
Ryan is a Florida native who is very involved in the local music scene. He has been Stage Managing since 2001 and has done such shows as FAUST, THE STUDENT PRINCE, and THE MIKADO for Gold Coast Opera. Other recent credits include CARMEN, LA TRAVIATA, and DIALOGUE OF THE CARMELITES with the Palm Beach Opera.

Zachariah Phillips - Scenic Designer
Zac has been the Production Coordinator here at the Cuillo Centre since the beginning. Although this is his first official scenic design for the theatre Zac has technical directed and or production coordinated every show the Cuillo Centre has produced. Zac holds a B.A. in Technical Theatre from Florida State University School of Theatre. Before joining the staff at the Cuillo Centre for the Arts some of Zac's Credits include; Production Manager for the Dixie Theatre, Production Coordinator for the Southern Shakespeare Festival, Assistant Technical Director for the New Harmony Theater and production Manager at FSU's Studio Theatre.

Ardean Landhuis - Lighting Designer
"Dean" is proud to celebrate his 20th year as a professional Lighting Designer with this new production ofRESPECT. Regional design credits include productions ofEVITA,BEAUTY AND THE BEAST,A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the Western Premiere ofA SHAYNA MAIDEL andPHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Opera audiences have seen his designs forRIGOLETTO,MADAMA BUTTERFLY,CAVALERIA RUSTICANA,I PAGLIACCI,LA CENERENTOLA andTHE BARBER OF SEVILLE to name a few. South Florida audiences have most recently seen his work inIF YOU EVER LEAVE ME, I'M GOING WITH YOU at the Parker and Poincianna Playhouses. Industrial lighting projects have included Disney's Cirque Du Soleil, Universal Studios' City Walk, Marco Visconti (Indianapolis) and the MTV Latin America studios. An Equity Actor/Stage Manager and professional Opera Singer, Dean currently resides in Hobe Sound with his lovely wife, Virginia.

James A. Crockett- Sound Designer
James studied Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in New York. He has been involved in the music, recording and entertainment business since 1972 and has won numerous Addy Awards for his advertising jingles. In 1985 he began his engineering career and was Studio Manager and Chief Engineer at a prominent professional recording facility. Mr. Crockett's theatre credits include; actor, singer & musician for ALWAYS PATSY CLINE at Florida Stage, Crest Theatre and Riverside Theatre and A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE at the Clematis Street Theatre under the direction of Ron Palillo. Currently, he serves as the House Sound Engineer for the Cuillo Centre and has designed and mixed sound for such shows asPHANTOM,GEORGE GERSHWIN ALONE,THE BETRAYAL OF NORA BLAKE.

Ron Browning - Vocal Coach
A native of eastern Kentucky, Ron Browning has been immersed in both performing and fine arts since childhood. He earned a BME in voice and piano from the University of Kentucky. While living in Los Angeles, Ron earned a Professional Designation in Recording Arts and Sciences from UCLA on full scholarship from ASCAP and BMI. Ron is a prolific songwriter, and has written for RCA, ATV, and Paramount. Ron has produced and directed professional theater and conducted and arranged music for choirs. He is an accomplished jazz pianist, and currently teaches voice both privately and at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

Jon Rezin - Cast Album Producer/Engineer

PRODUCERS

Bob CuilloBob Cuillo - Chief Executive Officer of The Cuillo Centre for the Arts/Producer is a long-time resident of Palm Beach and New York and has been involved in the performing arts as a producer, former musician and recording artist. He co-produced the Broadway playSo Long on Lonely Street and was a partner in the 1979 Jerry Lewis comeback filmHardly Working. His recent productions includeThe Florida Follies at the Parker Playhouse, the Palm Beach, New York and Boston productions ofMenopause The Musical, the Tony nominated Broadway musical Dream, the Broadway comedyMore To Love both the Broadway and the London productions ofJackie: An American Life, the Broadway production ofEpic Proportions, directed by Jerry Zaks and starring Kristin Chenowith, Associate Producer for the Off-Broadway 2000 Pulizter Prize winnerDinner with Friends, Co-Producer of the London production ofHedwig and the Angry Inch, andThe Betrayal of Nora Blake. Bob is a major benefactor of the arts in the Palm Beaches and has supported the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, as well as many charitable causes. He is also the former president of the Florida Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. He has served as director of the Governors Club and the Epilepsy Society of Palm Beach County. He is an active member of the Sail Fish Club of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Yacht Club, and the Governors Club. In 1996, he was honored by the National Italian-American Foundation with their most prestigious award, The Presidents Award for Lifetime Achievement in Business. He is presently the Chairman & CEO of the Broadway production company Intermezzo Inc. and Stage Door Productions, Inc that produce shows both on Broadway, Off-Broadway and all over the world.

Richard Daft - Co-Producer
Dick Daft is a partner in Darse Productions and RESPECT is his first theatrical production. He became interested in theater production when his wife, Dorothy Marcic, wrote the musical, RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women. His primary career is as a professor of business management at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He has written twelve books, including best-selling textbooks, on management and leadership, and he has consulted on management issues with many corporations. His hobby is involvement with start-up enterprises. Dick grew up in a small town in Nebraska and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska. He completed his graduate work in organization management at the University of Chicago. Dick has two daughters, Danielle and Amy, and four wonderful grandchildren from his previous marriage. He is proud to share parenting duties with Dorothy of their three daughters, Roxanne, Solange, and Elizabeth, who serve as global citizens by frequently volunteering, studying or working abroad.

Gail Shank Gail Shank - Co-Producer
Gail has been involved with the Cuillo Centre For The Arts since its inception here on Clematis Street and is please to have been an integral part of the theatre's success. She wishes to thank Mr. Cuillo for the opportunity to co-produce RESPECT with him, and would like to express her thanks to the cast and the crew of the show, as well as the staff at the Cuillo Centre for the support they have provided. It has been a wonderful experience to work with such a talented and strong group of individuals. Gail would also like to express her appreciation for the support and understanding of her family; Pete, Randi, Dustin, Cara and Lillianne.

Special thanks to (in alphabetical order):
Lupita Ahangarzaseh, Nan Allison, Betty Anderson, Leslie Asplund, Baha'i Community Of Nashville, The Baha'i Women's Institute Of Palm Beach County, Black & White Boutique, Mandy Blevins, Lana Bogan, Ken Bowers, Ron Browning, Becky Buckosh , Liz Byler, Ken Cabot, Stephanie Capps, Paula Chavis, Laura D'Angelo, Sam Davis, Melinda Doolittle, Adrienne Ewing-Roush, The Ferdowsi's, Vali Forrister, Ridvan Foxhall (Website Designer), David Friedlander, Loree Gold, Mackenzie Grant, Heidi Grebacher, Bob Guenette, Elizabeth Hai, Roxanne Hai, Solange Hai, Tony Hai, Hatcher & Fell Photography, Robbie Keane, Kimberley Lamarque, Ben & Francine Levy, Julian Ludwig, Kevin Madill & Connie Florence, Shidan Majidi, Dr. Susan Mike, Jennifer Manocherian, Alison & Parker McGee, Gina Mendello, Janet & Dick Mittelsteadt, Wendi Momen, Halli Moore, Helen Naylor, Peter Neaman & Victoria Marsick, Andrew Newell, Barbara Nicholson & Lysa Parker, Douglas Paik, Lee Potts, Darwin Price, Tom Price, Karen Pritchard, David Probst, Stella Reed, Jon Rezin, Reza & Ramona & Ruha Rehani, Nick Ritchie, Debby & Bob Rosenfeld, Mark & Maxine Rossman, Joel And Joanne Rothstein, Joe Sabatino, Barry Scott, Marietta Shipley, Carolyn & Michael Stalcup, Michelle Stearns, Shannon Stordock, Vanderbilt University, Susan Voss, Bill Walker, Maggie Winz, Valerie Wynn, Jack Zink.

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