Cast & Creative


Edwin Cahill (Bar Man) Broadway: LoveMusik (directed by Harold Prince), Sweeney Todd (directed by John Doyle, Tour) Off-Broadway: BeowulfA Child’s Christmas in Wales (Irish Rep); HamletRomeo and JulietAsylumI and AlbertDarling of the Day (Time Magazine Award). International/Regional Highlights: Souvenir (Kevin Kline Award: St. Louis, Hartford, Santa Barbara), Street Scene (France), Wir Sind Berliners!(Brazil), Sweeney Todd (ACT-San Francisco), Much Ado About NothingA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Glass MenagerieShow BoatA Little Night MusicEdwin DroodSecret Garden. TV: The Seagull (PBS), George Washington: The Warrior (History Channel). Artistic Director, Fire Island Opera Festival. Assistant Director: Lincoln Center-The Juilliard School.  Education: Tufts University-Magna cum Laude, New England  Conservatory, Paris University-Sorbonne.


Gardner Reed (Zelda) is making her New York stage debut as Zelda Fitzgerald in Zelda at the Oasis. Her previous credits include Mona in Find and Sign (Pioneer Theater Company), Inga Arvad in Inga Binga (Charleston Stage), The Women in 39 Steps (Portland Stage Company), Abigail in The Crucible (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Joan La Pucelle in Henry VI, Lady Anne in Richard III (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), and Jackie-O in The House of Yes.



P.H. Lin (Playwright) has written fifteen plays which have been produced in theaters or festivals around the United States, including Running Wild, One of the Few, Miss Matty and the Maja, Sweet Ginger: Hot and Blue, and The Zen of Yo.  A portion of Zelda at the Oasis was presented at the Women International Playwrights Conference in Greece.  Pat has won the Dayton Playhouse’s National Playwriting Competition (Ohio) and the George Mason University Mary Roberts Rinehart Award (Virginia).  Zelda at the Oasis began life as a commission from The F. Scott Fitzgerald Centennial Committee of Rockville, MD, to be part of their F. Scott Fitzgerald 100th Birthday Celebration.  The play was originally produced by Venus Theatre Company in Laurel, MD.


Andy Sandberg (Director) recently directed the New York premiere of The Last Smoker in America, a new musical by Tony nominee Bill Russell and Drama Desk nominee Peter Melnick.  He previously directed the world premiere at CATCO in Columbus, Ohio. He has been represented on Broadway and London’s West End as a producer of the Tony Award winning revival of HAIR and the recent Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012 Tony and Drama Desk nominations).  Other New York directing credits include R.R.R.E.D. and Bernice Bobs Her Mullet (NYMF), Into the Woods and A Funny Thing…Forum (Blue Hill Troupe) and various benefits for BC/EFA and Sing for Hope.  Upcoming directing projects: Beyond the Music (also librettist), a new musical co-written with composers Cliff Downs and Katie Kahanovitz; Operation Epsilon, a new play by Alan Brody (workshop at Asolo Theater, 2011; World Premiere in 2012 in Cambridge, MA); Shida, a new musical by Jeannette Bayardelle (Project Residency at Ars Nova, 2011);  Straight, a new play by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola; and Summer Schlock, a new musical by Kevin Carter.  In 2007, Sandberg worked with Hal Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik.  Sandberg is a graduate of Yale University. / @Andy_Sandberg


Colin McGurk (Set Design) is a scenic designer and visual artist in New York City. New York credits include Rio, Golems of Gotham, and Disaster! He received his MFA from UC San Diego. UC San Diego credits include The Seagull and The House of Bernarda Alba. He has exhibited his fine art in the US and Italy, and his scenic design for The House of Bernarda Alba was exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial 2011. His work can be seen at


Dustin Cross (Costume Design)  Broadway:  The 24 Hour Plays (American Airlines). Off Broadway/ Regional: The Other Josh Cohen (New World Stages/SOHO Playhouse), Cougar The Musical (St Lukes Theater), The Last Smoker in America (Assistant Costume Designer/Westside Theater), Marry Harry (AMAS Musical Theater/Foxwoods Theater), HIM (Cherry Lane Theater/ SoHo Playhouse), Hairspray (Colorado Arts),Phantom of the Opera (Players Theater), A Christmas Carol (Players Theater) and others.  Dustin is also a freelance director, choreographer, prop designer, stage manager and actor.


Grant Yeager (Lighting Design) New York: The Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre); Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre); Between Worlds (New World Stages); Love Child (New World Stages); Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theatre Co); The New York Pops / Ozomatli (Summerstage); A Tribute to Motown (Carnegie Hall); Kevin Smith Speaks (Carnegie Hall); Co-designer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2009-2012. Regional/Int’l: Joseph (Dallas Theatre Center); Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Yale Dramatic Association); Academy (Maltz Jupiter Theater); Backwards in High Heels (Cleveland Playhouse); Vices (Theatre Aspen); I Got Fired (Daegu Opera House); The Tempest (Bermuda Arts Festival).


Daniel Melnick (Sound Design/Assistant Director) is a freelance director, composer, and sound designer, and is a member artist at |the claque|. Composing and sound design credits include: Michael Weller’s Fifty Words (The Michael Chekhov Theatre, Composer and Sound Designer); Unpleasant Men (|the claque|, Sound Designer); Anna and Aida (|the claque|, Sound Designer); Billy Witch (Studio 42, Composer), Asking for Trouble 2011 (Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sound Designer). Directing credits include: The (IR)regulars: With Apologies for Formatting (|the claque|); Big Tex (Assistant, Ensemble Studio Theatre); Nebraska by Noon (UCSB Studio Theater).


Elisabetta Spuria (Choreographer) began her career as a dancer and choreographer in her native Italy before moving to the United States. She has worked with such artists as Mariah Carey (“Charm-Bracelet World Tour”) and Michael Bolton (“Only A Woman Like You Tour”) as associate choreographer and assistant director. She has been an assistant choreographer, dance captain, and performer in numerous stage productions, including FootlooseNights on Broadway III, and the operas CarmenCandide, and Aida. Elisabetta has choreographed productions of Spring Awakening (regional premiere), The Who’s TommyDisoriented,Tess (NYMF), HairChicago and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Asbury Park). She was an associate choreographer for the PBS series “The Electric Company” and for musical episodes of ABC’s “One Life To Live.”


Shelby Taylor Love (Stage Manager) has stage managed for numerous productions in New York City in addition to working for Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Irish Repertory Theatre, NYMF, FringeNYC, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre, Barnstormers Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and as resident stage manager at Mill Mountain Theatre. Some of her all-time favorite projects include when last we flew, The Attendants, Into the Woods, Misery, The Silent Boy, and Big River. In addition to stage managing, Shelby teaches stage management at Mill Mountain Theatre Conservatory. Proud member of Actors’ Equity.


Susan L. Schulman (General Press Representative) handles publicity for Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals, national tours, arts institutions, cabaret, special events and individual personalities. Her Broadway productions include Applause, Scapino, Sly Fox, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, A Streetcar Named Desire, Death and the Maiden, Requiem for a Heavyweight, State Fair, and Dream. She has represented MTC, Dance Theatre of Harlem, CAP21, York Theatre, The Joffrey and Feld Ballets and The Theatre World Awards as well as TONY Award winners/nominees Karen Ziemba, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Kathleen Chalfant among others. She has served as a NYSCA Theatre panelist.


Michael Cassara, CSA (Casting Director) Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking! (off-Broadway), Fat Camp, Play It Cool, Ten Chimneys and The Man Who Came To Dinner (Peccadillo), The City Club (Minetta Lane), Kingdom (The Old Globe) and Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project (dir. Chet Walker.) Film credits include Clear Blue Tuesday, and the upcoming features Grantham and Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi, starring Marla Gibbs and Jake T. Austin) andContest. Recent regional theatre: The Old Globe, Olney, Great Lakes, Gulfshore Playhouse, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and more. Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) where he has cast over 50 new musicals since its inception in 2004. Michael is a native Clevelander and a member of the Casting Society of America. / @michaelcassara