Titanic The Musical Creative
Choreographer “Doing the Latest Rag”Louis Bernice
Louis has many years of experience directing and choreographing musicals at Lodi High School. Favorite credits there include Cabaret, 9 to 5 The Musical, In the Heights, and Shrek. He also serves as the choreographer for the color guard and marching band, as well as choreographer of dance presentations for LHS at Bergen County Teen Arts. Louis’ OLT credits include Broadway Mashups Fundraising Concert (Host/Director/Choreographer), A Night at the Movies Fundraising Concert (Choreographer), and Legally Blonde the Musical (Director/Choreographer). Louis would like to thank you Armanda, Evan, Dawn, Joe, Jackie, the cast, and Maritza.
Dawn is excited to co-produce Titanic with the amazing cast and creative team at OLT. Some of Dawn’s production credits include Trailer Park The Musical (OLT), Bridges of Madison County (OLT), Arsenic and Old Lace (OLT), and It Shoulda Been You (OLT). She has appeared on the OLT stage in Jekyll & Hyde, The Who’s Tommy, and various concerts. Dawn also produces the musicals at Memorial High School in West New York. Her last production was In The Heights in Spring 2023 and she is in production for Shrek, The Musical which opens April 2024. She would like to thank her family and friend for their continued support.
Armanda is honored to produce this incredible vessel of talent on the OLT Stage. Stage credits include: Producer of the New Jersey Community Theatre premiere of the PROM (OLT), Director of It Shoulda Been You (OLT 2022), Producer of Much Ado About Nothing (OLT, 2022), Co-Producer of Twelfth Night (OLT, 2021) Co-Director of OLT Under the Stars Fundraising Concert (OLT, 2021). Armanda has served on the OLT Executive Board since 2020 and is honored to be OLT's 2023 House Manager. Much love to my "Jenny" and our barky fur babies.
DirectorEvan T. Charpentier
While Evan is no stranger to Old Library, this is her first time directing a main stage musical, and she is thrilled. She's also currently wrapping up her third year as OLT President. Evan has a passion for Shakespeare and has directed Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and produced Romeo and Juliet 1921 for OLT. She will also be directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the main stage next year. A professional musician, Evan also music directs, having MD’d for Shlemiel Crooks, Monster Makers, BatBoy, Little Miss Sunshine, and All Shook Up. You may also have seen her on stage in Avenue Q (Lucy), Dogfight (Mama), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Jeannie), Children of Eden (Mama Noah), Baby (Arlene), It Shoulda Been You (Jenny), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), Little Shop (voice of Twoie) and Head Over Heels (Pamela). For more, visit www.evanmakesmusic.com. Still, minha queerida.
Music DirectorJoseph Christianson
Joseph Christianson (Music Director) is excited to be working on another production with Old Library Theatre! Recent music directing credits include: Kinky Boots (PVP) It Shoulda Been You (OLT), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Rhino Theatre), and Smokey Joe’s Cafe (PVP). Much love to the orchestra, cast, and crew of Titanic!
Beatriz Esteban-Messina (assistant props) returns to OLT after a successful directing gig with RADIUM GIRLS. A Perry winner (2018)she has been involved in over one dozen shows in 2023 and still has 5 more titles to work on before 2024! Kudos to Frank for his amazing prop-ability.
Costume DesignerAmy Kurfist
Amy is delighted to be back participating behind the scenes at Old Library Theatre as the costume designer (yes, JUST the costume designer) for Titanic! She was previously seen on stage in OLT's productions of Urinetown, Legally Blonde, A Night At The Movies Fundraising Concert, It Shoulda Been You, The Prom, and Broadway Mashups Fundraising Concert as well as backstage as producer for Legally Blonde (OLT Award Winner) and Fly By Night, director/producer of the 2023 Youth Showcase and Broadways Mashups Fundraising Concert, and costume designer for The House of Blue Leaves, It Shoulda Been You, and Prom. She also serves on the OLT Executive Board as Membership and Inclusion Manager. Thanks to the cast, crew, and everyone at OLT for continuing to be such a welcoming theater family!
Hair and WigsMegan Larsen
Megan Larsen is a life long Titanic enthusiast who is honored to appear in her first MainStage OLT production. She first appeared at OLT in the workshop of the original musical A Dream of Wings (Katherine Wright). Other regional/community theatre credits include: Carousel (Julie Jordan), Annie (Grace Farrel), South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), Les Miserables (Fantine), The Music Man (Marian Paroo), A Grand Night For Singing, Bye Bye Birdie (Gloria Rasputin), East Coast premiere of Stephen Dolginoff’s Panic (Penny),High Society (Tracy Samantha Lord), Fantastic Mr. Fox (Mrs. Fox), Irving Berlin: The Melody Lingers On (‘09 Perry Winner),The Music Man (Marian Paroo), Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel, ’06 Perry nom.), The Mikado (Pitti-Sing). Off-Broadway: PipeDream Theatre’s Briar Rose: The Tale of Sleeping Beauty (Gertrude Planowanie), Green Light Productions’ Curiosities (immersive theatre original character) and various choruses with Dicapo Opera. Various performances with Tom Wright's Maywood&Music. Cabaret: Theatrical Gems Series, Lennie Watts’ CabLab Showcase 2011,You've Hungered For This All Your Life in San Diego & NYC. Megan is a National Anthem soloist for the NJ Jackals, Borough of Maywood, United States Coast Guard and National Park Service. Megan shares her faith through music as cantor for Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Ridgewood and St. Catharine’s in Glen Rock. She is proud to share the stage so many talented people. Thanks to family and friends, and of course to Tim and our two beautiful boys, Ted and Gregory. Godspeed Titanic and to God be praise and Glory!
Stage ManagerJackie Leibowitz
Jackie Leibowitz (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back for her sixth show with OLT, but her first time as Stage Manager here! She appeared onstage in The Prom, Baby, The Full Monty, Parade, and backstage as crew for It Shoulda Been You. She holds a BA and MA in Musical Theatre Studies from Temple University and currently runs her own Broadway-themed Etsy shop, Broadway Dork Designs. Some favorite previous acting roles include Hope Lennon (Finding Hope – World Premiere), Rona Lisa Peretti/Olive’s Mom (Spelling Bee), and Queen Aggravain (Once Upon A Mattress). She is also a freelance Stage Manager, Dramaturg, and Musical Theatre Historian as well as Assistant Director at her alma mater, Cedar Grove High School. Jackie would like to thank the Production Team for their truly tireless work aboard this ship, her ASM Lyss (who is a true rock star and makes her job possible!), and of course the cast aboard this ship for welcoming her in for each show and making this voyage into a family. You can find out more about her at JackieLeibowitz.com or check out her shop @BroadwayDorkDesigns.
Set DesignerJackie Mascoli
Jackie assists with all recital sets and outfits at The Gloria Frances School of Performing Arts but also used to dance there and is now an instructor there too. She currently works as a Project Executive at Gilbane Construction in NYC, for structural, including The Freedom Tower.
Set DesignerLee Nel
Lee started on set crew in 1998 at Montclair High School, then moved on to Livingston High School, Sayerville Community Theater, Players Theater in Sarasota and went on professionally to design Theaters, Performing Arts Centers, Concert Halls and Recital Halls including the Obama Presidential Center, Hudson Theater and Dimenna Center for Classical Music to name a few. Although she started in set crew, she leveled up with lighting, set design and stage management. She received a Technical Theater minor with her Architectural Degree. Shows she worked on include Little Show of Horrors, Into The Woods, Arsenic and Old Lace, Anything Goes, My Fair Lady, Pacific, and several Showcases to name a few. She currently works as the Director of Design at Margaret Sullivan Studio in NYC. Together Jackie and Lee run Creations By Nel
Props DesignerFrank Riccobono
Senior software engineer by day, props designer by night, Frank is glad to be back at OLT for his first mainstage show since 2019. Past credits include projections design for How I Learned to Drive at DeBaun PAC, video editing / visual effects for several virtual theater productions at Pelham High School, and, for OLT, props for Honk!, Wait Until Dark, Mary Poppins, Bat Bot: The Musical (Perry Nomination), and many more. Thanks to Beatriz and Linda for all their help.
Linda Wielkotz ( props) is very happy to be a part of this production. A long time member ,( 47 years) Linda is an avid Titanic person. She is a member of Titanic International Society, has been to Halifax twice ,to the graves of many victims, plus Belfast to the Titanic experience and saw where she was launched.
Assistant Stage ManagerLyss Wortman
Lyss Wortman (Asst. Stage Manager) Lyss is a 2020 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Wagner College, located in Staten Island, NY, where they earned their B.A. in Theatre, as well as pursued a NYS Teaching Certificate in Special Education. During their time in college, they worked as an Actor, Director, Choreographer, House Manager, and Stage Manager on student and class productions. Additionally, they were selected as the Assistant Director for the Mainstage production of “On The Town” (dir. Theresa McCarthy). Lyss was also the teaching assistant for Wagner College’s Directing Classes, under professor Michael Tennenbaum. They have written, directed, and choreographed youth shows at Camp Lou Henry Hoover, in Newton, NJ. Professionally, Lyss has been a teacher, coach, and Stage Manager at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, NY. Lyss has appeared on stage in works and shows in New Jersey, New York, and Edinburgh, Scotland, including OLT’s “The Prom” earlier this season. Since Lyss didn’t think all this theater was enough, they decided to pursue a masters degree in Educational Theater at New York University. Outside of theater, Lyss can be found attempting to be a tiktok influencer @just_alyssss.