CAST AND CREATIVE
Shida & Others; Book, Music, & Lyrics
Jeannette Bayardelle is the winner of the AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for Shida and the NAACP Theater Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in The Color Purple.
In addition to starring as Celie on Broadway and originating the role in the national tour of The Color Purple, Jeannette Bayardelle played Dionne in the Tony Award winning revival of Hair on Broadway, and she recently won praise for her performance in the Public Theater’s acclaimed production of Bob Dylan and Conor McPherson’s Girl from the North Country (transferring to Broadway in 2020). Most recently, she opened the 10th anniversary production of Rock of Ages in New York, and she has twice starred as Deloris in Sister Act at North Shore Music Theatre and Theatre by the Sea.
Bayardelle’s roles as the writer, composer, and performer of Shida have taken her to Los Angeles, Virginia, Syracuse, and the prestigious American Repertory Theater in Boston (IRNE Award nomination).
Her national and international touring credits include The Color Purple, Deaf West’s Big River, Disney’s Freaky Friday, and Rent. Her voice is featured in the Disney film The Little Mermaid III.
Bayardelle’s albums include “I Know Who I Am,” “Praise Report,” and “Transferable.”
Andy Sandberg is a director, writer, actor, and Tony Award winning producer. He previously directed the world premiere of Jeannette Bayardelle’s Shida at Ars Nova (New York), earning four AUDELCO nominations, including Best Musical and Best Director, and winning Outstanding Solo Performance for Ms. Bayardelle. He has subsequently directed Shida across the United States, including the
American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Boston.
He was represented Off-Broadway as the director of Straight, which was named a Critics’ Pick by The New York Times. His previous production, Application Pending, which he co-wrote and directed, opened to rave reviews Off-Broadway (starring Christina Bianco), earning a BroadwayWorld Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Show. Additional directing credits include the world premieres of Alan Brody’s Operation Epsilon (four IRNE Awards, including Best Director and Best Play); The Last Smoker in America, an original musical by Tony nominee Bill Russell and Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick (Westside Theatre); Craving for Travel, which he also co-authored (Peter J. Sharp Theater @ Playwrights Horizons); the original musical Neurosis (DR2 Theatre); and Katie Thompson’s R.R.R.E.D. (DR2).
He has been represented on Broadway and London’s West End as a producer of the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR, the Tony-nominated revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and the Broadway premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses, starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei. Other producing credits include the Drama Desk nominated revival of Pageant,
A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Paradise Found (dir. Hal Prince and Susan Stroman, Menier Chocolate Factory). He served as an assistant to Mr. Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik.
Born and raised in New York, Sandberg is a graduate of Yale University, and an alumnus of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, Alley Cats, and Dramatic Association. AndySandberg.com
Joshua has worked on over one hundred productions in New York and around North
America as a music director, conductor, arranger, and electronic music designer. Broadway: Be More Chill (conductor sub). Off-Broadway: Sweetee (music director/conductor); Broadway Bounty Hunter (rehearsal pianist). Other NY credits include songs in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and many shows at clubs around NYC. Regional credits include Barrington Stage Company, Theatre Calgary, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, George Street Playhouse, and others. Joshua is a musical theatre instructor at the NY Film Academy and holds a Bachelor of music in vocal performance from the Steinhardt School at New York University.
NY designs include: The O’Casey Trilogy (Henry Hewes Design Award); The Shadow of Gunman (Lortel Award Nomination); The Emperor Jones (Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination); The Quare Land (Origin First Irish Award, Irish Rep); Billy and Ray (Vineyard Theatre); The Triumph of Love (Juilliard); A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane); Straight (Theatre Row). Regional theatre designs include: A Comedy of Tenors (Outer Critics Circle Award) (Cleveland Playhouse / McCarter Theatre); Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (The Goodman Theatre); The Barber Of Seville, The Marriage Of Figaro (The McCarter Theatre); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Two River Theatre); Without Walls (Center Theatre Group); Bad Jews (Ensemble Theatre Company/English Theatre of Frankfurt). Opera designs include: Fidelio (Santa Fe Opera); Cosi Fan Tutte (co-production Metropolitan Opera And Juilliard); Don Giovanni (Juilliard) and The Magic Flute (Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara); L’Opera Seria (Wolftrap Opera). TV designs include: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS); Madam Secretary (CBS).
Clancy Flynn is a two-time Offie-nominated lighting designer. A New York native, he studied theatre at Trinity College Dublin before coming to the UK. His work has toured both internationally and across the UK. Productions include: R.E.B.E.L. (Barbican Theatre); Trainspotting Live (The Vaults, UK, US and Australia Tours); Black is the Colour of my Voice (The Vaults and Trafalgar Studios); How to Catch a Krampus (Pleasance Theatre); In the Winter Wood (Polka Theatre); The Yellow Wallpaper (Omnibus Theatre); Everywhere Bear (UK Tour); Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs (The Opera Story); The Deaf & Hearing Ensemble’s Macbeth R&D (Pit Theatre Barbican); It’s Only Life (The Union Theatre); Little Red Riding Hood
(Swansea Grand, Gaiety Theatre); Strike! (Beckett Theatre, Axis Theatre).
Sound design credits include: Hoard (Arcola); Boots (Bunker Theatre); New Nigerians (Arcola and UK Tour); The Paradise Circus (The Playground Theatre); Armour (Vaults); Harvey (Playground); Clockwork Canaries (Theatre Royal Plymouth); After the Ball (Gatehouse); All Or Nothing (West End); Knock Knock (Assembly Edinburgh); Thrown (Underbelly Edinburgh); 9 to 5 (Gatehouse); Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical
(Wimbledon Studio); What Shadows (Edinburgh Lyceum, as Associate Sound Designer); Ready Or Not (UK Tour/Arcola Theatre); The Mirror Never Lies (Cockpit); After Three Sisters (Jack Studio Theatre); Tonight at the Museum: Charlie Chaplin (Cinema Museum); Tis Pity (Tristan Bates); The Pursuit of Happiness (RADA Festival); Phoebe (Kings Head Theatre).
MUSIC DIRECTOR / keyboard
Noam trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Noam works as an Arranger/
Orchestrator/Musical Director and Pianist, rehearsing and performing with various shows and cabarets, as well as regularly working as audition pianist for West End shows and teaching in some of London’s finest drama schools such as; Arts Ed, LAMDA and The Royal Academy of Music. Credits: As Musical Director: The Last Five Years In Concert (The Other Palace); The Barricade Boys (The Other Palace); Boxed (The Vaults Theatre); The Story Of Bart (UK Tour), Wasted (West Yorkshire Playhouse); A Man of No Importance (RAM); On the Town (RAM).
As Associate Musical Director: Whisper House (The Other Palace); She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory); The Mikado (Charing Cross Theatre). As Assistant Musical Director: The Twelfth Night (The Young Vic); The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole (Menier Chocolate Factory); Marley: The Musical (Playful Productions); The Smallest Show On Earth (UK Tour); Evita (Ljubljana Festival); How To Succeed In Business Without Even Trying (City Of London
GEORGE HUGHES & DANIEL STARMER
Daniel Starmer and George Hughes met in 2010 while studying Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. They started HugeStar Productions as a partnership to enable them to further collaborate on a range of projects with both Production Management and equipment provision. SHIDA is HugeStar’s first production at The Vaults Theatre. Recent Production credits include: My One True Friend (Tristian Bates Theatre, Do You Love This Planet); Elmer the Elephant (UK Tour, Selladoor Worldwide); Aladdin (Broadway Theatre, Selladoor Worldwide); Lend Me a Tenor & Grand Hotel (Bridewell Theatre, LSMT).
Becky Thornton is a stage and company manager originally from Devon. She graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London last year, where she won the Hazel Sharples Award for excellence in technical theatre. Since then Becky has worked at Opera Holland Park, Wexford Festival Opera, Southwark Playhouse, toured regionally as an SM and worked with Polka Theatre at some music festivals including Wilderness. When she’s not working, Becky likes to travel - this year visiting New Zealand and Iceland (next year she’ll go somewhere warm).
Rupert is a graduate of Oxford University, where he studied for a BA in English. He was president of The Magdalen Players, and his previous directing credits include David Hare’s recent adaptation of The Seagull (Magdalen President’s Garden) and working with Sunscreen Productions for their show Radio at the Edinburgh Fringe. He is part of the National Theatre’s Young Producer programme and The Young Vic’s Young Participation programme.
Creative Team Assistant
Alex Stenhouse is an Associate Director the Flux Gym. As Assistant Director: Don Jo (Arcola), Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens (Union), My Dad's Gap Year (Park), Seussical (Southwark Playhouse) 21 Chump Street (Courtyard), The Beautiful Game (NYMT, The Other Palace). Recent Directing credits: The Trees of Nature (Canal Cafe Theatre), The One, & Conversations (OSO Theatre), Love Among the Penguins (Mardon Hall), and [Title of Show] (Thornlea Studios).
Alan Kay is the Managing Director of UK production company CUBIC7. Alan has over 25 years of investment, R&D, and project management experience in his role as the MD of numerous companies. His work has included major live events such as the 2012 London Olympics. Working alongside his business partner Callum Dougherty, they are Producers for film, theatre, and videogames. Their upcoming productions include BINBAG a CGI animated feature film, The 2D animated feature Forever Dave, Sci-fi Action RPG videogame Unworthy Life and DORWIN – A Robot Musical.
Callum Dougherty has a BA in Film Production and an MA in Film & Cultural Studies. After Uni he has worked as cinematographer, producer and CMO. In 2017 he partnered with Alan Kay to create CUBIC7, a company to handle producing for film, theatre & videogames. Their combined skills and focus on innovation has led them in producing for over 25 projects. Callum’s upcoming productions with CUBIC7 and Alan Kay include BINBAG a CGI animated feature film, Dorwin – A Robot Musical, Forever Dave a 2D animated feature film, and
Unworthy Life a Sci-fi Action RPG videogame.
Broadway: The Great Society, The Prom (Drama Desk Award; Tony nomination); The Lifespan Of A Fact, and Once On This Island (Tony Award). Off-Broadway: Fern Hill, Smart Blonde, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, R.R.R.E.D. and Goldstein. Thank you to my husband, John..
LAURA Z. BARKET
Laura is thrilled to be a part of Shida in London! Broadway: Gettin’ the Band Back Together. Off-Broadway: R.R.R.E.D. and Tea at Five. TV: “After Forever” (Emmy Award). Laura is also an investor in many Broadway shows. My love to my children, Jack and Maddy.
JIM GLAUB / CRYSTAL CHASE / JULIAN ROCA
Jim Glaub is a recognized unicorn in innovative marketing, social, web and video for the theatre. He founded Super Awesome Friends, a strategic digital and content experience company dedicated to connecting brands and communities to live experiences. Formerly, he was the Deputy Head of Content and Digital Media for The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, Vice President at Serino Coyne in NYC. Advisory Committee for the American Theatre Wing, Broadway League Member, Board of Trustees for the Woodshed Collective. Mentor and CommonGenius.com/Broadway. Winner of three Webby Awards, three Telly Awards. Co-founder of Miracle on 22nd Street, a charity that connects families in need with real life elves since 2010. The origin story soon to be a major motion-picture written by Tina Fey! He’s been featured in many major publications and owns over 400 brooches that is documented on #365brooch. SuperAwesomeFriends.com
Over twelve years of experience in the Broadway digital marketing space, Crystal Chase has worked on the digital ad campaigns for over thirty Broadway productions, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Sea Wall/A Life, American Son, Lifespan of a Fact, Once On This Island, A Bronx Tale, Sweeney Todd, Hand To God, Spring Awakening, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, and The Book of Mormon. She is a member of Lambda Pi Eta and serves on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the Broadway League. She is a proud and dedicated mother, wife, and daughter. Her passion and pursuit in producing theater is to ensure that diverse stories are told, seen, and brought to wider, younger, dynamic audiences across the world.
Julian Roca is an Emmy Award-winning commercial director with over fifteen years
experience as a creative director, producer, and editor in the entertainment advertising world. He has directed a spectrum of highly visual campaigns but is most known for creating the original art for Universal Theatrical’s blockbuster musical Wicked and creative directing the cross-platform campaigns for “Nip/Tuck,” “Hannah Montana,” “Clash of the Titans,” and “Sex and the City.” He has hosted, produced, and created content for “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” Disney Channel, The Academy Awards, Taylor Swift, and the Grammys, to name a few.
The producers of Shida wish to acknowledge financial support from Stage One, a registered charity that invests in new commercial productions. Stage One supports new UK theatre producers and productions, and is committed to securing the future of commercial theatre through educational and investment schemes.Stage One would like to thank the Society of London Theatreand theatre producers and owners who voluntarily contribute to the levy – all of which support the Investment Scheme. For further information please visit www.stageone.uk.com, call 020 7557 6737 or follow us on Twitter @stageonenewprod Stage One is the operating name of the Theatre Investment Fund Ltd, a registered charity no.271349.