Randy Johnson (Creator & Director)
Creator, Writer and Director of the 2014 Tony Award nominated production of A Night With Janis Joplin. “Randy Johnson certainly doesn’t lack for ambition or vision, or social conscience. In the strictest sense of the word, he isn’t a theater director – that might be too much of a constricted space for him, although he’s certainly succeeded in almost every medium including; Broadway, Off Broadway, Regional Theatre and the Concert world. If there is a trademark for Randy Johnson’s productions, it’s that they’re going to be nothing that you might expect..” The New York Times. randy-johnson1.com
Cheryl L. West (Book)
Cheryl L. West’s plays have been seen in England, off-Broadway, on Broadway (Play On!) and in numerous regional theaters around the country. She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series “Diary of a Single Mom.” Ms. West is currently working on a pilot for the BET Network and commissions for Seattle’s 5 th Avenue Theater, Chicago Children’s Theater, Minneapolis Children’s theater, Seattle Children’s Theater and Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Ms. West is thrilled to celebrate Rosetta Tharpe’s life on stage and can’t wait for the day she is finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Keith Young (Choreographer)
Mr. Young’s award-winning work as a choreographer includes, THEATER: Sammy, Old Globe Theatre (Critic’s Choice Award/ Best Choreography), Broadway’s On the Town, Ebony Repertory Theatre productions of The Gospel at Colonus, Robeson, and Crowns at both Ebony Repertory Theatre and Pasadena Playhouse. FILM: “Rent,” “It’s Complicated,” “The Holiday,” “What Women Want,” “The Smurfs,” “The Parent Trap,” “Gone with the Bullets” (World Choreography Award / Best Choreography). TELEVISION:“Academy Awards,” “Grammy Awards,” “Emmy Awards,” “NAACP Awards” and extensive episodic television. Mr. Young has worked with Madonna, Babyface, Bette Midler, Josh Groban, and Gladys Knight, to name a few. Mr. Young recently directed and choreographed Ebony Repertory Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Five Guys Named Moe.
Rahn Coleman (Music Director & Arranger)
Rahn’s depth, passion and artistry are rarely matched in the areas of musical direction, piano and professional performance coaching. He has served as musical director, conductor and pianist for: Play On, Purlie, Blues in the Night, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin, Ray (Charles), Play On, Sammy (Davis), Baby It’s You, Breath and Imagination and Kiss Me, Kate, to name a few. A product of extensive classical training having studied under the renowned teacher Nadia Boulangier, Rahn has over 30 years of professional experience having performed, conducted, coached and arranged for such notables as; Aretha Franklin, Freda Payne, Nichelle Nichols, Michael Feinstein, Gladys Knight, Barry White, The Ojays, The Temptations, Wayne Brady, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, and the Clinton Presidential Inaugural Orchestra. Rahn is the recipient of national and international critical acclaim and always in the running for top honors. Hailed as one of the most effective performance coaches in the world, he has also shared his artistic gifts through service as Minister of Music at Christ the King and Faith Lutheran churches in Southern California. As producing director of “The Mystic Knight Recorder,” LA’s leading underground studio, new vistas for world class music and its performance are in constant creation.
Steven C. Kemp (Scenic Designer)
Steven C. Kemp is an NYC-based set designer for theater, opera and events. His designs have been seen Off-Broadway for Keen Company, Mint Theater Company, Second Stage Theatre, York Theatre Company, the Duke on 42nd Street, 47th Street Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre and The Playwright’s Realm. Regional and opera credits include designs at La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Hudson Stage Company, Royal George Theatre, Norwegian Cruise Line, Sarasota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, Kentucky Opera, Merola Opera, IU Jacobs School of Music, SFCM, and Opera San Jose where his 13 productions include the West Coast premieres of Anna Karenina and Silent Night. He received his MFA from UCSD. stevenckemp.com
Dana Rebecca Woods (Costume Designer)
Dana Rebecca Woods is happy to be collaborating with Randy Johnson and the wonderful design team assembled for Shout Sister Shout! Her design work includes Single Black Female at Crossroads Theater; In the Red and Brown Water at UC Santa Barbara; Stop Kiss, Above The Fold, Fences, Flying West, The Importance of Being Earnest, and others for the Pasadena Playhouse; Jitney and Fences at South Coast Repertory, Blues in the Night at San Francisco’s Post Street Theater; Train Driver, Heart Song, and others at the Fountain Theater. She has also collaborated with John Sayles on his film “Go For Sisters.” When not designing costumes for stage, film, or TV, Dana creates teaching artist curriculum for afterschool programs.
Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Designer)
Pasadena Playhouse: Casa Valentina, Breaking Through, Kiss Me Kate, Under My Skin, ART & Blues for an Alabama Sky. His designs have been seen throughout the U.S., Broadway, Off-Broadway, West-End, Canada, Spain, Edinburgh & Las Vegas. National Tours include Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, The Who’s Tommy with Alice Ripley, Queen of Spades starring Placido Domingo (Madrid) and Rolling with Laughter at Her Majesty’s Theatre (West-End). Broadway: The Illusionists (Neil Simon & National Tour) Bravo Bernstein, Gotham Glory (Carnegie Hall) and was on the design teams for: PRIMO, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White and the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” Jared is principal designer for the USA International Ballet Competitions held every four years. Jared became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artists-Local 829 and serves as a trustee to the executive board. jaslighting.com
Jon Gottlieb (Sound Designer)
Jon’s design work at the Pasadena Playhouse includes Twelve Angry Men and Kiss Me, Kate! He most recently designed for the Geffen Playhouse’s Big Sky, The Country House, Equivocation and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as Master Class with Tyne Daly at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Neil Simon’s Dinner Party, Terrance McNally’s Master Class, and QED with Alan Alda at Lincoln Center. Center Theatre Group credits include iWitness (L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award), The Flower Drum Song (Ovation Award) and Hughie with Al Pacino. Jon has received eight LADCC Awards, three L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, and over 60 Drama-Logue, LA Weekly and NAACP Theater awards. Jon also serves as the head of the Sound Design program for the School of Theater at California Institute of the Arts.
Carol F. Doran (Hair & Wig Designer)
Pasadena Playhouse: Pygmalion; Kiss Me, Kate; Above the Fold; Baby It’s You; Stormy Weather; Mask; Sister Act – the Musical, and more. Los Angeles: Over 50 productions for CTG (The Mark Taper Forum, The Ahmanson Theatre, The Kirk Douglas Theatre), also The Geffen and Deaf West Theatres. Regional: Cirque du Soleil; South Coast Repertory; The La Jolla Playhouse; The Goodman Theatre, Chicago; The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; The Asolo Repertory Theatre, Sarasota. Broadway: Spring Awakening, Big River, King Hedley II, Seven Guitars. Television: “Fargo,” “ Goliath,” “Hell on Wheels,” “The Walking Dead,” “House,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Six Feet Under” and others. Over 80 feature films including: “American Sniper,” “Transcendence,” “Thor,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Blind Side,” “Eagle Eye,” “For Your Consideration,” “Gods and Monsters.”