In 2016 Caroline Underwood formed The Caroline Underwood Agency, representing both British and American musical theatre writers 'with a difference'. For the five years before this she was Musical Theatre Consultant at London literary agency Alan Brodie Representation. Previously, as Head of Standard Repertoire and Musicals at Warner/Chappell Music for over twenty years, she worked with many of the company's top international clients including the Irving Berlin Estate, the George and Ira Gershwin Estates, the Cole Porter Trusts, the Rodgers and Hart Estates, the Noël Coward Estate, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Charles Strouse, Steven Sater and many more. Caroline's extensive list of appointments includes Consultant to Harry Potter Theatrical Productions; Chair of Mercury Musical Developments for fourteen years; Chair of the Bunnett-Muir Theatre Archive Trust, liaising with the V&A on the transfer of this unique collection; Trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation; Trustee of the Lost Musicals Charitable Trust and non-executive director of Stagescripts Ltd.
Jenny is the multiple Offie-nominated Director and Producer for Mercurius Theatre, where her productions have included The Biograph Girl, Mr Gillie, The Alchemist, The Devil is an Ass, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside and A Trick to Catch the Old One. Further London productions include The Waiting Room, The School For Wives, Anton Chekov's Vaudevilles, Warde Street, Henna Night, productions for Shakespeare's Globe, the National Studio and London Play Festival and, in the West End, Everlasting Rose and Spirit of the Ogoni.
Outside London, productions include The Merchant at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Flying Bedrooms at the Green Room, Manchester. Jenny has been Associate Director to Michael Blakemore on The Life at Southwark Playhouse; Blithe Spirit, with Angela Lansbury, both West End and US tour; Afterlife at the National; Embers at the Duke of York's; Democracy at the National, West End, Broadway, Sydney and Chichester and Three Sisters, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, in the West End.
With a hand in nearly three decades of new works development with pioneering organisations on both US coasts, Nicholson is an acclaimed leader in the field of new musical theatre writing. While serving as Associate Producer of Musical Theater at Playwrights Horizons, he worked as a creative producer for several groundbreaking productions, including the recent Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop, and works by Kirsten Childs, Michael Korie, Scott Frankel, Kim Rosenstock, Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. Nicholson created the New Works Initiative at TheatreWorks in Silicon Valley and the nationally-modelled New Works Festival, which developed the 2009 TONY winning musical Memphis, as well as works by Andrew Lippa, Stephen Schwartz, Paul Gordon, Chay Yew and many other award-winning writers and composers. He also created the Uncharted Writers Group at the renowned Ars Nova Theatre Company.
He has been active with the National Alliance for Musical Theater and sits on the board of Musical Theatre Factory. As a founder of the commercial production company 959 Group, Nicholson oversaw and directed the production of Clint Black's acclaimed Christmas musical Looking For Christmas, which premiered at the Old Globe in 2018. Founded in 2016, 959 Group currently has multiple projects in various stages of development. Nicholson's New York directing credits include 9 Circles at The Sheen Center, Long Story Short at Prospect Theater, Five Flights at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Wet at Summer Play Festival and Marry Harry for NYMF, American Theater Group. Regional productions include Sweeney Todd, Once, Amadeus, A Light In The Piazza, How To Write A New Book For The Bible, CUBAMOR, Lizzie, Grey Gardens, Vincent In Brixton, Ambition Facing West, All My Sons, Saint Ex, The Good German, Jacques Brel, Small Tragedy and Satellites. Nicholson is the former Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theatre Company in San Francisco and Producing Director of The Playwrights Foundation.
As an actor, Jeremy's film work includes The Apeman Of The Amazon, Hot Property, The Lovers, John Carter On Mars, Death At A Funeral and Huge. Stage work includes Different From The Others, Richard III, The Alchemist and Chekov's Vaudevilles. TV includes Black Mirror, Glue and The Last Enemy and Jeremy has broadcast extensively on BBC Radio 4. In his former medical career, Jeremy was a leading specialist in Accident and Emergency Medicine. He has been Honorary Consultant to various London teaching hospitals, Past President of the emergency medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The author of numerous academic papers and a visiting lecturer at Northwestern University of Chicago, Jeremy is an advisor to HM Government, in particular the Department of Overseas Development, and has lectured worldwide on the medical consequences of urban terrorism. For many years, Jeremy was medical advisor to the TV drama Casualty.
Warner Brown is an internationally-renowned writer whose work encompasses everything from the traditional form to the radical avant garde. He has collaborated with the composers Angelo Badalamenti, Michael Feinstein, Jenny Giering, Tony Hatch, David Heneker, Gwyneth Herbert, Michael Reed, Jimmy Roberts, Joshua Schmidt, Jim Steinman, Charles Strouse, George David Weiss and, by permission of the Cole Porter Trusts in New York , the late Cole Porter.
For BBC Worldwide he wrote the award-winning $40 million arena show Walking With Dinosaurs - the Arena Spectacular, creating an entirely new genre of theatrical presentation which has become 'the biggest family show of all time'. WWD has played in over 250 cities to almost 10 million people.
Joshua Schmidt is the composer of Adding Machin3, which won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, the Outer Critics' Circle Award for Best Score and Best Off-Broadway Musical, the Jefferson Award for Best Musical as well and four Obie Awards, nine Drama Desk Nominations and the Drama League Nomination for Best Musical. In the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Out NY and Chicago Tribune it was one of the 'ten best events of the year'.
Further credits include the critically-acclaimed Midwestern Gothic at Signature, DC; A Minister's Wife at Lincoln Center Theatre, winning the Best Musical Jeff Award; Whida Peru at 59E59 and Gift of the Magi at American Players Theatre. Josh is a Sundance Theatre Lab Ucross Artist, an Associate Artist of the Writers' Theatre in Glencoe and is working on projects and commissions for the Metropolitan Opera in New York and Groundswell Productions in Los Angeles. He is currently writing the score for The End, a major movie musical directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and starring Tilda Swinton, due for release this year.
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