CAST AND CREATIVE

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JEANNETTE BAYARDELLE

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 on 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). She previously performed Off-Broadway and at A.R.T. in Diane Paulus’ The Best of Both Worlds.  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."  JeannetteBayardelle.com


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ANDY SANDBERG

Director

Andy Sandberg is a director, writer, actor, and Tony Award winning producer. He previously directed the world premiere of Jeannette Bayardelle's Shidaat Ars Nova (New York), earning four AUDELCO nominations, including Best Musical and Best Director, and winning Best Lead Actress 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, 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, Best Play, and Best Ensemble; Three Elliot Norton Award Nominations); 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 David Hay’s A Perfect Future, directed by Wilson Milam at the Cherry Lane Theatre; Paradise Found, co-directed by Hal Prince and Susan Stroman at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, and the Drama Desk nominated Pageant. 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