CAST

Thom Sesma

Thom Sesma / The D'Ysquith Family

Thom Sesma recently appeared as Vic in the new Tom Kitt/John Logan musical SUPERHERO at Second Stage, and is currently rehearsing Fruiting Bodies by Sam Chanse at Ma-Yi Theater. He appeared in the title role in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the Off-Broadway revival at Barrow Street Theatre and in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at Classic Stage Company, directed by John Doyle. He was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his portrayal of roles in Mr. Doyle’s acclaimed 2017 revival of another Sondheim classic, Pacific Overtures. Select Broadway credits include The Times They Are A-Changin’, Man of La Mancha, Search and Destroy, Chu Chem, and national tours of The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Titanic. Select Off-Broadway credits include Discord (Primary Stages), Awake and Sing! (NAATCO/Public Theatre), Othello (Public Theatre), Cymbeline (NYSF). Regional credits include the McCarter, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Cincinnati Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Centre Stage, Music Theatre Wichita, and more. Television guest appearances include “Instinct,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Good Wife,” “Gotham,” “Jessica Jones,” “Person of Interest,” and others. Instagram @thsesma; Twitter @ThomSesmaNYC.

Cindy Cheung / Ms. Shingle and Others

Theater: Tiny Beautiful Things (Long Wharf), Log Cabin and Iow@ (Playwrights Horizons), The Great Immensity (The Public), Wild Goose Dreams and Teenage Dick (Public Studio). Select Film/TV: The Sunlit Night, A Kid Like Jake, The Light of the Moon, Mistress America, Obvious Child, Children of Invention, Lady in the Water, “The Flight Attendant,” “Billions,” “FBI,” “Blindspot,” “New Amsterdam,” "Bull," "The Good Fight," “Blue Bloods,” “Thirteen Reasons Why,” “High Maintenance,” "Kevin Can Wait," "House of Cards," "Homeland." MFA from A.C.T.

Ali Ewoldt / Phoebe D'Ysquith

Ali Ewoldt has appeared as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Cosette in Les Miserables (Broadway, National Tour), The King and I (Broadway, Tour, Lyric Opera of Chicago), Maria in West Side Story (National Tour, International Tour, PCLO, The Muny, MTWichita) and Luisa in The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway). Regionally, she has played Philia in A Funny Thing… (The Muny), Fan/Mrs. Bonds in A Christmas Carol (McCarter Theatre), Martha Jefferson in 1776 (The Muny) and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Sacramento Music Circus). Ali’s concert/symphony work includes: Alice Tully Hall, The Town Hall, NY Pops at Carnegie Hall, Houston Symphony, American Pops Orchestra, Kaohsiung Symphony and The Boston Pops with Maestro Keith Lockhart. Her TV/Film credits include The Michael J. Fox Show, Yield, Mia and The Cactus. Ali has a BA in psychology from Yale University and is a proud Filipina-American. @aliewoldt    

Karl Josef Co / Monty Navarro / Producer

Karl Josef Co is an AAPI actor & writer in New York. He most recently played Hichens in the 2020 revival of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" with Beth Malone, directed by Kathleen Marshall with a new book by Dick Scanlan that prematurely closed due to COVID19. Favorite theatre credits include the 2017 revival of Sondheim & Weidman's "Pacific Overtures" with George Takei & directed by John Doyle, Sky in 'Mamma Mia!" at Theatre Under the Stars, Cinderella's Prince in 'Into The Woods' with Prospect Theater & National Asian Artists Project, and the World Premiere of "Allegiance" at the Old Globe Theatre with Lea Salonga & George Takei. TV credits include Madam Secretary, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, & Unforgettable. Graduate of the University of Michigan. Represented by Buchwald & Authentic. @karljosefco 

Diane Phelan / Sibella Hallward / Producer

Diane Phelan is an actor, director, producer and activist based in New York City. She has performed in lead roles on Broadway as well as national & international productions, most notably in School of Rock, West Side Story, & King and I. She incredibly grateful to the village of folks and angels that have come together to make this show possible. She is the founder of the #RacismIsaVirus campaign and #UnapologeticallyAsian, both aimed to activate and empower Asian Americans and redefine what it means to be American right now. Both orgs have been featured in the NYTimes, Reuters, Asia Journal and Next Shark. You can catch her starring in the film MARRY HARRY currently streaming on AmazonPrimeVideo.com. For more follow on insta: @DianicaPhelan

CREATIVE

 

Alan Muraoka / Director

ALAN MURAOKA- is most recognizable for his role in the Emmy-winning series, Sesame Street, where he has played Alan, the proprietor of Hooper’s Store for 23 seasons. As a director, Mr. Muraoka received critical praise for his Off-Broadway revival of Falsettoland (National Asian American Theater Company). Other New York credits include: The Report (NY Fringe Festival), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre-Assistant Director), Ann Harada: American Songbook (Lincoln Center), Awesomer & Awesomer!!! (Triad Theatre), Telly Leung: Playlist and What Makes a Man? (54 Below), Grand Hotel (NYU/Cap 21), John Tartaglia AD-LIBerty (Joe's Pub), & Christmas Eve With Christmas Eve (BC/EFA Benefits). Television: Alan co-directed the recent Sesame Street racism special The Power of We, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award as Best Director for a Television Movie or Special. Alan has directed segments for Sesame Street and for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.

 

Alan has appeared in 7 Broadway shows; Disney’s Aladdin, the Roundabout Theatre revival of Pacific Overtures, The King and I, My Favorite Year, Shogun, the Musical, Mail, and most notably Miss Saigon, where he played the lead role of the Engineer. He is featured in the films, It Could Happen to You, and Day of Independence. Other television credits include City On The Hill, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie, 30 Rock, Brotherhood, Late Night With David Letterman, and The Tonight Show.

Mr. Muraoka is a graduate of UCLA, where he received the Carol Burnett Musical Comedy Award for performance. He was also the 2004 recipient of the APEX Inspiration Award and the FCC's 2007 Role Model of the Year Award. Please visit his website at: www.alanmuraoka.tv. You can also follow him on Instagram @alanathoopers.

Steven Cuevas / Music Director

Steven Cuevas is a NYC-based music director, musician, orchestrator, and arranger. He was most recently the Music Director/Conductor of the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island. Broadway: Once On This Island, Anastasia, Kinky Boots. Off-Broadway: I Spy a Spy, We Are The Tigers, Trip of Love, Closer Than Ever. Tours: Kinky Boots, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Spring Awakening, My Fair Lady (Singapore). Recordings: Once On This Island, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Monstersongs. Chair of Local 802 AFM Diversity Committee. Proud member: AEA, Recording Academy, Filipino American community. BFA Musical Theatre: Emerson College. @StevenMCuevas

Carla Posada / Costume Designer

Carla is a New York-based costume designer for film, digital & live events, and theatre. She has worked as part of the costume teams for Hello Dolly!, Tootsie & Diana on Broadway, and at The Public Theater, Off-Broadway. She recently designed the costumes for the acclaimed short film Testament released on Vimeo On Demand in April 2021. Her select credits include Ellis Island (Rattlestick Theater), Agua Vida y Tierra (Theater Mitu), Dreams in Black Major (Ars Nova ANT Festival), digital concerts (The Little Orchestra Society), For Molly & Three Sisters (Columbia University), and Marat/Sade, Spring Awakening, 12 Angry Animals & Blackbird (NYU Tisch). www.carlaposadadesign.com

Alesha Borbo Kilayko / Props Manager

Alesha Borbo Kilayko (she/they) is a storytelling arts educator.  She is the Children's Education Specialist at Middle Collegiate Church.  In her downtime, Alesha pursues research that explores theatre as an early intervention tool to mental illness in youth; in 2020, her research conferred her as a Semi-Finalist for the Fulbright Study Grant in the United Kingdom.  (She chose not to complete this process due to obvious external reasons.)  She received her BA in Theatre: Design and Production from Fordham University.

Jonathan Cuevas / Audio Engineer

Jonathan Cuevas is a Filipino-American audio engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer-songwriter. With a degree in music technology from NYU, he combines his classical training in cello, love of pop music, and passion for singing to create organic recorded works. His credits range from short film score compositions, a cappella albums for The NYU Mixtapes, musical theatre recordings for Broadway Barkada, and his own original songs. Jonathan's most recent original project is his debut full-length album entitled "Sunset," which is available on all streaming platforms.

Just Bein’ Productions / Video Editors

Just Bein’ Productions is an NYC based production company duo-lead by Nyseli Vega and Bianca DiSarro. Their mission is to amplify the vision of creative individuals so that they can push boundaries and feel empowered in their uniqueness.

 

PRODUCTION

Jeremiah Abraham / Producer

Jeremiah Abraham is an award winning marketing and communications executive, working in entertainment for over 15 years across all major movie studios in Hollywood. He is the Founder and CEO of Tremendous Communications and has worked across major movie campaigns for Warner Bros, Sony Entertainment/Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Disney, HBO, and more. He has majorly impacted the visibility of Asian Americans in Hollywood -- working on groundbreaking films and franchises such as Crazy Rich Asians, Searching, Harry Potter, and Aquaman. Jeremiah has also held global positions across major entertainment and media corporations including Condé Nast Entertainment where he helped shape the marketing strategy for their digital video business - working with brands such as Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. He is co-producer for Yellow Rose and Lingua Franca.

Ariel Estrada / Producer

Ariel Estrada is an actor, producer, arts advocate, and Founder & Producing Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab, a creative studio for Asian American film and theatre artists. As an actor, Ariel has performed on television, film, commercials, industrials, new media, and Off, and Off-Off Broadway. He is the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Actors’ Equity Association, and previously was the Manager of Communications & Community Engagement for Asian American Arts Alliance. He was designated by New York Foundation of the Arts as an Emerging Arts Leader and by Theatre Communications Group as a Rising Leader of Color. He was also a member New York Community Trust’s Race Forward Racial Equity in the Arts Innovation Lab, a graduate of The Broadway League’s Commercial Theater Institute Emerging Producer Program and is a graduate of the MFA in Acting Program from the University of Washington. As a freelance grant writer, he has raised over $180K in funding for small, not-for-profit arts groups. Ariel is also an accomplished Fortune 500 and Inc. 5000-level communications designer and social media strategist. www.arielestrada.com | www.leviathanlab.org

Anne Fraser Thomas / Producer

Anne Fraser Thomas is so happy to be a part of this amazing project. She was stage manager/producer on one of the first fully virtual musicals, "Jasper In Deadland" last year and glad to be here! Anne is a New York transplant from California and has starred in many shows including Hercules, Man of La Mancha, Les Miserables, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miss Saigon, and many more. She is an active voice over/recording artist and sings with the Tony Award-honored, Broadway Inspirational Voices gospel choir. Her proudest accomplishment is being mommy to the cutest little 3 year old, Violet! Love to all my family and friends! www.annefraserthomas.com

Rob Laqui / Producer

ROB LAQUI is a NYC-based Creative Producer. He is the Production Coordinator for NT America, the NYC producing office for the UK’s National Theatre, representing the NT on productions such as NETWORK, HADESTOWN and THE LEHMAN TRILOGY. Rob is also an Associate Producer with Mara Isaacs’ company Octopus Theatricals and a Creative Producer with Andrew Rasmussen for their production company, Cardinal Theatricals. Before his producing career he performed as an actor, dancer, and puppeteer with various companies including, LaMama ETC’s Great Jones Repertory, MOMIX Dance Company, WAR HORSE, HERE LIES LOVE at the Public Theater, and Cirque du Soleil. Offstage, besides producing, Rob has been a choreographer, director, press representative, production spokesperson, and puppet builder. Rob’s most recent project is as a co-founder of The Industry Standard Group, a commercial producing and investment group addressing the lack of representation and diversity in commercial theater investing and producing. www.RobLaqui.com / www.TheIndustryStandardGroup.com

Pearl Sun / Producer

Pearl is grateful to have GGTLAM as her first producorial endeavor. Acting credits include; Broadway: Come From Away, If/Then, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Off-Broadway: Assassins (City Center Off-Center), Merrily We Roll Along (City Center Encores!), The Seven (New York Theatre Workshop), Happiness (Lincoln CenterTheatre). Notable National Tours/Regional credits include; The Price (Arena Stage), Next to Normal (First National), Bernstein’s Mass (Philadelphia Orchestra), Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots & The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse), and tick, tick... Boom! (Westport Country Playhouse). TV: New Amsterdam (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC), Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Gotham (FOX), and The Good Wife (CBS). Instagram & Twitter: @pearlraysun

Jessica Wu / Producer

Jessica Wu is an award-winning NYC-based playwright, director, songwriter, educator, and actor. Performance credits include the Broadway revivals of A Chorus Line and Miss Saigon, and she is the writer of numerous theatrical works including several full length musicals - YOU, ME, I, WE (O’Neill Conference Semi-Finalist, LAIC Finalist, Winner of NAAP’s Discover New Musicals), and Poupelle of Chimney Town (debuting in Tokyo, Fall 2021; NYC, Summer 2022). In addition to her writing, Jessica is Adjunct Theatre Professor at American University in Washington DC, and a Lyricist-Mentor with the Harvard-Radcliffe G&S Players. After spending several years running a Times-Sq non-profit theatre as Associate Artistic Director, Jessica is now is the owner/operator of her own consulting and development company Inspirate Creative.

Miranda Gohh / Associate Producer

Miranda Gohh is producer and manager originally from Providence, RI. Most recently, she served as the Company Manager at New York City Center with Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC). From 2018-2019, she served as the Producing Fellow at MTC. Miranda has also worked with companies such as 101 Productions, Arena Stage, The Playwrights Realm, Goodspeed Musicals, and Trinity Repertory Company. She is a member of ATPAM and serves on their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Broadway League's 2019-2020 Rising Star Fellowship and served as a panelist for their 2019 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Summit. She is also the Founder of Theatre Producers of Color (TPOC) and a Founding Member of The Industry Standard Group (TISG). She is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute and an alumna of Wesleyan University.

Mars Neri / Production Assistant

Mars Neri is a sophomore Stage Management major and Gender Studies minor at Fordham University. They are also a chair for Fordham Theatre’s BIPOC Alliance, and a member of the AAPI. Fordham Mainstage: Everybody (ASM), Airline Highway (Crew). Fordham Studio: Halo Halo (PSM), into me see (PSM), The Moon and the Wolf (ASM), A Butterfly Dreams... (CD), The Wallpaper Project (CD). Signature Theatre DC: 12 Million Footsteps (SM), The Spoken Word (SM).

Jennifer Ogasian / Production Assistant

Jennifer Ogasian is a theatre maker and artist who is drawn to work that centers on healing and starting new conversations. NYC Credits: Bermuda Triangle (Director, NY Summerfest), Felix Starro (Playwriting Asst., Off-Broadway). Fordham Studio Credits: Halo Halo (Playwright/Producer), Electricity (Playwright/Producer), Conversations with Stars (Book/Lyrics/Producer). In addition to her theatre credits, she is also a founder of the AAPI Theatre Affinity group at Fordham. She recently graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Theatre: Playwriting. jenniferogasian.com

 

THANK YOU

CollaborAzian would like to offer our immense gratitude to the following for their incredible support:

Elliott and Cathy Maisie (Executive Producer)

Matthew A. Woolf (Executive Producer)

Broadway OnDemand

Broadway World

Chinosity

Steven Lutvak

Robert L. Freeman

Andrei Strizek

Alexander Dodge

Aaron Rhyne

Matt Boethin and MTI

Kathy Fabian

Melinda Basaca

Michelle Sugihara

Jess Ju

Joey Monda

Tralen Doler

Nicole Rosky 

TDF Costume Collection

The Irish Repertory