Aida Creative

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Melissa Broy Fortson
Melissa (BTU Member, Director, Actor, ASoB President) is thrilled to be a part of bringing more people from every part of Maryland into the theater. She has been a part of community and professional theaters for over 40 years. She is a former Equity New York City actress, and has worked in Harford County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City since she was 8 years old. She prides herself on being able to “see outside the box” and casting people in roles based on skill, as much as the desire to work. Our theater is billed as “Theater for everyone” because we not only welcome audience members and supporters from every background and age, but also encourage the participation of and seek those who are interested in being a part of theater in any way, be that on stage or backstage. We don’t let race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, nor religion define us, our casts and crews, or our audiences. She has directed several shows including, “Honk!”, “Godspell”, “Nuncrackers”, “Charlie Brown”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, “Oklahoma”, “Puffs”, “Guys and Dolls”, and “School House Rock, Live!” and “The Rude Mechanicals”. She has been seen in shows with “Ovation Dinner Theater” and has enjoyed roles in AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Nell), BYE BYE BIRDIE (Mae Petersen), JOSPEH…DREAMCOAT (Narrator), THE ODD COUPLE FV (Olive), HARVEY (Veta Simmons), SWEENEY TODD, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Ronnette), HAIRSPRAY (Motormouth Maybelle), AVENUE Q (Gary Coleman), NUNSENSE (Sister Hubert), BEST LITTLE W*HOUSE IN TEXAS (Jewel) and NUNSENSE 2 (Mother Superior).
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Music Director
Tina James
Tina is excited to return to ASoB in a new capacity as Music Director. She previously appeared on stage in GUYS AND DOLLS and in the pit for EMMA: A POP MUSICAL. Tina has also had roles in THE WIZ and SHE KILLS MONSTERS at Spotlighters Theatre and at Just Off Broadway in COMPANY and Neil Simon's RUMORS as well as playing in the pit for various local community theaters.
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Kristin Rigsby
Kristin is excited to team up with ASOB on a show that has been on her bucket list for years. She had been choreographing for the last 15 years. She has been dancing most of her life and has taken some classes at the Broadway dance center in NYC. Past credits include: The Addams Family, Newsies, and Sister Act. Special thanks to Melissa for allowing me to work on this beautiful show and my husband Patrick for all of his support. Dance like no one is watching and enjoy the show!
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Stage Manager
Brooke Jacobs
Brooke is excited to be back for another show at ASoB! A lifelong theatre fan, she has recently jumped back into the tech world and is happy to be stage managing her first musical. Her previous ASoB shows have been THE WEDDING SINGER and THE RUDE MECHANICALS. She is looking forward to this trip to Egypt and being part of the amazing cast and crew! She is dedicating this show to her future grand-niece, Rowan, and her amazing kids, Carter and Ali.
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Intimacy Director
Kay-Megan Washington
Kay-Megan Washington (she/her/hers) is a seasoned stage, television and film actor, and now intimacy director. Having worked in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion and mental health treatment for both survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence in her non-acting life, moving into advocating for artist safety, bodily autonomy, and universal use of consent practices in the theatre community seemed an obvious next step. Kay-Megan is currently completing certification through Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC). This is her second time working with Artistic Synergy of Baltimore; many hearty thanks to Melissa for including her in this production.
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Rehearsal Pianist
Edith Burns
This is Edie’s first show with Artistic Synergy of Baltimore and she could not be more delighted. She loves all things musical and currently serves Cowenton UM and Good Shepherd Pres as a staff musician, and plays with the Middle River Concert Band. She especially loves watching young artists grow their skills and talents! Thank you Melissa, for offering me this wonderful opportunity!
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Light Tech
Andrew Heisler
Andrew is back in the ASoB space, sliding out of the spotlight this time to be on crew. He has been performing most of his life in several shows, his favorite being THE LITTLE MERMAID. Andrew was recently seen being turned into a donkey in ASoB's THE RUDE MECHANICALS. He is very excited to be back with the theatre he loves and working with some amazing people.

Original Creative Team

Music by: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice

Book by: Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls & David Henry Hwang

Originally Directed on Broadway by Robert Falls

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions


ELTON JOHN AND TIM RICE'S AIDA Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.