Creator and Director
Motor City / The Brits / Studio VIP / 88 Keys / Heart Of Soul
Peter is a New York based director and teacher who works both in new work development throughout the country as well as staging classic American musicals for some of the most notable regional theatres.
His New York credits include the off-Broadway premiere of Marcy Heisler’s & Zina Goldrich's Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School, choreographed by Devanand Janki; the Actors’ Fund concerts of the 75th Anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with Adriane Lenox, B.D. Wong, S. Epatha Merkerson, and concerts of On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie, Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney, and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, & Andrea Martin; Skippyjon Jones, & Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical), and Rhapsody in Seth - Actors’ Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky.
Other credits include the world premiere of Curvy Widow by Bobby Goldman, Drew Brody and starring Nancy Opel; the world premiere of Willy Holtzman’s new play, Smart Blonde at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre starring Andréa Burns; Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop; Gypsy at the St. Louis MUNY; Kiss Me, Kate for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre where he has directed productions of Man of LaMancha (Carbonell Award, Best Director & Best Musical), Sleuth, & Other Desert Cities; and 1776 & The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Ford’s Theatre.
Peter is the director of Musical Theatre for the Stella Adler Studio for Acting & is on the faculty of Adler’s NYU Tisch Division. He is also an Associate Artist at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and a graduate of Northwestern University.
Motor City / The Brits / Studio VIP
Dev is an award winning New York-based Director and Choreographer. His career spans all facets of the performing arts – theatre, opera, ballet and corporate entertainment. He began as a performer, appearing in numerous productions including Broadway’s: Miss Saigon, Cats, The King & I and Side Show. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance director, working worlwide on over 50 shows including Aladdin, Junie B. Jones, Man of La Mancha, Rent, The Full Monty and Off-Broadway’s Zanna Don’t! for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award. He is the Artistic Director of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat (BCTR) that develops new musicals & plays that celebrate diversity.
Creator, Director and Choreographer
Divas / Latin Nights / Epic Rock
Paul Roberts has Directed & Choreographed shows for some of the world's global musical talents such as One Direction, Sir Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Annie Lennox, Diana Ross Robbie Williams and Prince. Along with the new generation of stars, such as Olly Murs, Elle Goulding, Ed Sheeran, and Sam Smith. Paul has also worked on consistent TV ratings winners, such as America’s Got talent, Ellen, The VMA's, The Brit Awards, The Grammy's, James Corden's Late Late Show, The Royal Variety Show, Strictly Come Dancing, SNL and The X Factor. Along with major brands: Coca-Cola, Victoria Secrets, British Airways, L’Oreal and Samsung. He is the recipient of a European TV Award and 4 MVA's for his work in 2016.
Divas / Latin Nights / Epic Rock
Layla Ellison has worked for over 13 years as a dancer and choreographer for music videos, television, commercials, concert tours, and fashion shows. She has worked with artists such as Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, and Black Eyed Peas. Her corporate clients include Nike, Levi, Top Shop, McDonald's, and T-Mobile. In 2012, she served as Dance Captain at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.
Co Creator and Co Director
Towel Animal Theater
John Tartaglia is best known for his TONY nominated Broadway debut in the original cast of "Avenue Q". He is also well known to parents around the world as "Johnny" from Disney Channel's 8 time EMMY nominated series "Johnny and the Sprites" (Executive Producer, Co-Creator and star). He conceived and wrote the Off Broadway hit "ImaginOcean", which just finihed a successful multi-year international tour and is currently being developed with The Jim Henson Company as a television series. John is director of the upcoming Broadway musical "Because of Winn Dixie" featuring the book and lyrics of Nell Benjamin and music of Duncan Sheik. John will also be directing and co-producing the live tour of PBS's "Dinosaur Train" and "Sid the Science Kid Live", as well as "Shrek the Musical" at the legendary MUNY theatre in St Louis. Other Broadway includes "Beauty and the Beast" (Lumiere) and "Shrek the Musical" (Pinocchio-Original Cast). John was one of the youngest puppeteers hired on Sesame Street, starting at age 16, and is currently wrapping up his 13th season with the show. Other television and film includes "Teeny Tiny Dogs" (Amazon Original), "Ugly Betty" (Pablo), "Animal Jam", and the upcoming independent film "Silent But Deadly". John is co-owner of Gables Grove Productions, a multi-media family entertainment company.
MICHAEL SHAWN LEWIS
Co Creator and Co Director
Towel Animal Theater
Michael Shawn Lewis has worked extensively in the arts around the globe as a performer, producer and theatrical presenter. Michael received a Drama Desk nomination in 2010 for his work as producer on the New York production of ImaginOcean and is working as executive producer to adapt the magical underwater world into a television series with the Jim Henson Company. He is producing the live stage touring version of Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train, currently a smash hit children's television series on PBS. Michael is one of the founders of the New York Children's Theater Festival, a non-profit (501c3) which promotes the development of outstanding children's theater in America. His Broadway performing credits include The Phantom of the Opera, and The Woman in White. In Europe he starred in Elisabeth, The Musical, Les Miserable and numerous productions of Phantom. He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as James Taylor at Lincoln Center.
Creator and Director
Getaway Island / 80s' Pop To The Max
Emmett Murphy has a career in entertainment that spans the New York theater scene, production revue genre and the international cruise line industry. Mr. Murphy directed, staged and developed video content for Sin City Comedy at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Mr. Murphy also worked for Cirque du Soleil® in conjunction with The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and was the producer for Illusions at Joyland Grand Theater outside of Shanghai, China. He created and directed productions that have appeared on the stages of Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Emmett Murphy was a member of the creative design team on Harrah’s Las Vegas original musical production of Hats!, produced by Dick Foster Productions.
In the 2000′s, Mr. Murphy was the Associate Producer/Director at a leading production house servicing the cruise ship entertainment industry. His direct involvement with contract negotiations and creative development in 2006-2007 launched production entertainment contracts with major corporate clients. Mr. Murphy wrote and directed main stage shows, as well as overseeing casting and production show management for over twenty productions.
As a Casting Director for the cruise ship industry, Mr. Murphy facilitated all aspects of talent and casting for singers, dancers and musicians. He implemented live auditions in London, New York and other major US cities and cast over 200 positions annually.
Getaway Island / 80s' Pop To The Max
Jennifer Savelli is an up and coming choreographer on the Broadway scene. Ms. Savelli has worked side by side with Kathleen Marshal as Associate Choreographer on multiple projects most recently, the National Touring production of Roundabout Theatre Co’s Anything Goes. Jennifer also was an Assistant on the Broadway workshop production for Disney’s Tarzan and has also worked with Dou Dou Huang on the workshop of Bruce Lee: Journey To the West. She has been on the teaching faculty of Steps on Broadway and Dance Times Square (Meredith/LePatin So You Think You Can Dance) as well as a member of the permanent Guest Faculty at the Rock School in Philadelphia.
Jennifer is classically trained and specializes in multiple forms of dance choreography and movement including Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom, Tap, Pointe, Flamenco, Partnering, Hip-Hop, Kung-Fu and Aerial. She has worked under the tutelage of dance masters and directors such as Rob Marshall, Graciela Daniele, Ann Reinking and Sergio Trujillo. From the Rockettes (Maurice Hines) to The Pennsylvania Ballet (Christopher D’Amboise), in the New York Broadway dance world, Ms. Savelli is respected as a dance master.
Jennifer has collaborated on multiple projects in the production review industry, including developing choreography and staging for Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and a major new theatrical production Illusions, currently in production in Shanghai, China.
As a dancer, associate and choreographer, Ms. Savelli has an incredible body of work including appearing in the feature film CHICAGO as well as six Broadway shows, including working alongside her personal friend Chita Rivera as a featured performer in Chita Rivera: The Dancers Life. She has appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes, The Boy from Oz (Hugh Jackman), Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, Guys & Dolls and Fosse (Broadway and 1st Natl Tour) as well as Kennedy Center Honors, Academy Awards, PBS’s acclaimed BROADWAY The American Musical, MTV VMA Awards with Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule.
88 Keys / Heart Of Soul
Marcos Santana is a New York based choreographer, director, performer and educator. Currently, he is the associate choreographer and can be seen performing in the Broadway hit show “On Your Feet”.
Originally from Puerto Rico, he began his dance career at the age 18 in his native Island where he trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern & Latin. After a very successful career performing with leading dance companies and international artists, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2000. While in L.A., he had the privilege to perform for artists such as Chayanne, Missy Elliott, Anastacia, Mary J Blige, Eden’s Crush, Constantina, Jimmy Buffet, and Ellen Degeneres, among others.
As a choreographer, Marcos has worked on productions such as On Your Feet (Assoc. Choreographer/ Tony Nomination), Rocky (Assoc. Choreographer/ Tony Nomination), Man Of La Mancha, Randy Newman’s Faust (Encores), Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol, Fortress Of Solitude (Public Theater Assoc Choreographer), Pirates Of Penzanze (Stratford Sakespeare Festival), Brazil Brazil (New Victory Theater), Much Ado About Nothing, My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, Paul Simon’s Capeman (Delacorte Theater Assoc Choreographer), In The Heights (2009 Gypsy of the Year), Rock Of Ages National Tour/West End/Vegas (Assoc Choreographer).
Favorite Performing Credits include: Broadway: On Your Feet, In The Heights, Guys And Dolls. Others: Contact 1st National Tour, West Side Story, Evita, The Wiz, Carmen, The Mambo Kings.
Movie/TV Credits: Annie, Across The Universe, Chasing Papi, The Great Observer, The Producers, Victoria’s Secret Fashio Show, Pop Stars, Divas Las Vegas, The Nikki Cox Show, and more
Karen Maybury Webb
Creator and Director
Karen has an extensive background in entertainment, both as performer, writer and director. Karen’s specialty in entertainment management and creative skills have given her the opportunity to work around the world for major companies and cruise lines both as a Cruise and Entertainment Director and also as a Creative Director. Karen has performed on stage in several productions and as an experienced MC has opened shows for multiple celebrities such as The Beach Boys, Christopher Cross, Michael Mcdonald, Lee Evans and The Steve Miller band to name but a few. Karen’s company, Maybury Webb Creative, provides talent around the world and her knowledge of the entertainment industry and collaboration with her musician husband Dave enable them to produce and present exciting shows and theme events.
Choreographer / Asst. Director
Kelly Connolly is a multidisciplinary artist being named the first-ever "All-Around Best Female Dancer” by Dancetrack Magazine. Kelly held the position of lead choreographer for The Illusionists 2.0 at The Sydney Opera House, and was part of the Inaugural cast of The Illusionist on Broadway. She was movement coordinator for motion picture Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, and choreographer for both Rent and American Idiot at the Children’s Musical Theater in San Jose. Coached Ariana Grande for her music video featuring Chris Brown. Kelly is both Choreographer and performer in Special Edition Dance Party for Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 3, The Teen Choice Awards with Selena Gomez, Dancing With the Stars, music videos for One Republic and was Britney Spears’ double. Additional credits include recurring dance roles on hit TV shows including Glee, How I Met Your Mother and Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, ColdCase, Malcolm In theMiddle, and numerous musical theater performances including A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Beauty & the Beast, and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Kodak Theater and Hollywood Bowl. She has also performed and choreographed TV commercials and social media campaigns for brands including Degree Women, Nikon, Chrysler and T-Mobile.
Also an accomplished film/TV actress, stunt woman and fitness expert, Kelly has also appeared in numerous television shows with recent roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead (2016) and Cinemax’s Banshee (2016), as well as in motion pictures Aztec Warrior (2017) 68 Kill (2017), Ride Along 2 (2016), Disney’s Invisible Sister (2016); Mind Puppets (2016), Devil’s Brake (2016), Refugio (2015) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015); and as an instructional fitness model for Tapout, Hip-Hop Abs, Cybex, and Orbital 360.
KEITH YOUNG is one of the most versatile creative director/choreographers working in the industry today. Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Education from Miami University. Although his primary focus was in painting and sculpture, Keith was drawn to the all-encompassing expression that dance allows. Following college, he danced with numerous notable dance companies in New York and joined Twyla Tharp’s company as a principal dancer. He later became her assistant on Milo Forman's acclaimed film AMADEUS. He also served as rehearsal director in the staging of THE SINATRA SUITES, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, for American Ballet Theater.
FILM: GONE WITH THE BULLETS directed by the highly acclaimed director Jiang Wen, the first Chinese film using 3D, employing an American choreographer,for which Keith won the 2015 World Choreography Award. Other film credits include THE SMURFS MOVIE, directed by Raja Gosnell, as well as multiple films for director Nancy Meyers such as IT'S COMPLICATED, THE HOLIDAY, and SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE. Keith also created the very memorable dance scene with Mel Gibson in WHAT WOMEN WANT. Keith is particularly proud of his choreography on the feature film RENT, directed by Chris Columbus.
TELEVISION: DANCING WITH THE STARS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, HARRY'S LAW, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, THE EMMY AWARDS, THE 78th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS on which he choreographed a performance for the Oscar winning song, IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP from the movie HUSTLE and FLOW, to name a few. Keith received an EMMY AWARD NOMINATION for his work on THE DREW CAREY SHOW.
THEATRE: SAMMY, a musical based on the life of Sammy Davis Jr., starring Obba Babatunde at The Old Globe Theater for which he received the San Diego Critics Choice Award for Best Choreography. ROBESON, (starring Keith David), GOSPEL AT COLONUS for the Ebony Repertory Theater and CROWNS, directed by Israel Hicks for the Ebony Repertory Theater and Pasadena Playhouse, as well as the Broadway Musical ON THE TOWN, directed by George C. Wolfe.
COMMERCIALS: Keith has lent his considerable talents to such commercial campaigns ads FACEBOOK MESSENGER, RAY BAN, TROP 50, KIA, GAP, OLD NAVY, TOYOTA, BLACKBERRY, multiple SUPER BOWL SOBE LIFE WATER spots with NFL Players and with Naomi Campbell and some very talented lizards, PEPSI and many more.
TOURS/VIDEO: Keith has directed and choreographed tours and videos for music artists such as BABYFACE, MADONNA, OUTKAST, JOSH GROBAN, EARTH WIND &FIRE, GLADYS KNIGHT, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, TONI BRAXTON,PRINCE ROYCE, BETTE MIDLER, RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, and THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS.