(Swing, u/s Benny & Collins) has been acting since the age of seven. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Bryson moved to New York in 2014 to pursue his career. This is his first tour, and he couldn’t be more excited! He would like to thank his family for their support.
(Joanne Jefferson) is thrilled to be a part of her very first national tour. Favorite credits include Hot Mikado and Fences both with Wright State University, and Crowns with the Human Race Theater. She has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Wright State University.
(Ensemble / Gordon, Mr. Grey, The Man, u/s Mark) is thrilled to be making his professional theatre debut. Previous RENT credits include productions at New York University (Mark) and the Actors Training Center at the Wilmette Theatre (Mark). He would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers for the ir support. www.sammy-ferber.com.
(Tom Collins) A new-comer to the musical theater stage, Aaron is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and a Shaw University graduate. He would like to dedicate each performance to his wonderful family, and his late father, Gary Harrington. Keep up with Aaron on all social media platforms under the username: Doubbleayye
(Swing, u/s Maureen & Mimi, SOL, Ensemble) Born and raised in Puerto Rico. Proud Circle in the Square Theater School Alumna. Recent: Twelfth Night (Viola), Rent (Joanne), Spring Awakening (Martha), Legally Blonde (Vivienne), Hairspray (Dynamite), Godspell, Hair. “Gracias”: God, My Family, Orlando, Noel, Alan, and all who have been sending those great positive vibes! Follow: @phtanon
(Mark Cohen) New York credits: Wringer (City Center), What Do Critics Know? (NYMF), Peter Pan 360. Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage), Moritz in Spring Awakening. Recent Syracuse University grad. Special thanks to Joy Dewing Casting, Evan & Rikky. Love to my family- this is a dream come true. www.DannyKornfeld.com @dannyhkorn
(Maureen Johnson) couldn’t be happier to join her cast mates in the celebration of love. Originally from Boston, MA. 50 Shades! The Musical Parody, Anastasia (Off-Bway/Ntnl.Tour), RENT (Syracuse Stage), Chasing Rainbows (Flat Rock Playhouse), “Mr. Robot” (USA Network, Season 2). BFA Syracuse University.www.katielamark.com
(Ensemble / Mrs. Cohen, u/s Maureen) Natalie trained in the UK at the Arts Educational School, University of Birmingham and Guildford School of Acting. International credits: West Side Story (Israel), Avenue Q (Seoul, South Korea), Monster Rock! (Universal Studios Singapore). London: You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews, Love Beyond, Lost Boy.
(Ensemble / Steve, The Waiter, Squeegee Man, u/s Mark & Roger) is thrilled to be joining the cast of the 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT! Proud graduate of Belmont University’s Musical Theatre program. Favorite credits include: WEST SIDE STORY (Big Deal), JOSEPH Nat’l Tour (Swing, Joseph u/s), ALL SHOOK UP (Chad), OKLAHOMA (Will Parker).
(Swing, u/s Mark, Dance Captain) is honored to be part of Rent’s history! National Tours: Ghost The Musical; A Christmas Story. Regional: Road Show (Hollis, American Regional Premiere); Speech & Debate (Solomon); Bonnie & Clyde The Musical (Clyde); Happy Days (Swing). B.F.A. in Musical Theater from Sam Houston State University. “Have fun and learn something” www.MichaelMcClureActor.com
(Ensemble / Paul, u/s Angel) is thrilled for the opportunity to tell this story, and to work with such an amazing cast and creative team. National tour: The Wizard of Oz (u/s Tin Man). Industrial: Tokyo Disney Resort. Sending love to my family and teachers for their continued support. BFA/East Carolina University.
(Ensemble / Alexi darling, Mrs. Davis, u/s Mimi) is honored to spread love with the RENT family. A recent graduate of the New Studio on Broadway at Tisch School of the Arts, she intends to enable visibility for Asian American stories through the theatre. Love to family, friends, the RENT team, and Ian. www.futabashioda.com
(Benny Coffin III, u/s Roger) is ecstatic to make his national tour debut with RENT. Recent credits include Bernardo (West Side Story), Tap Brother (After Midnight), De’Andre (Blood At The Root). BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State. He would like to thank God, his friends and family and Crew 15′. www.christian-thompson.net
(Mimi Marquez) First national tour! Favorite credits: Didi (Cherchez la Femme; La Mama), Marianna/Edwina/Sudabey (Passing Strange; Playhouse on Park), Cap’n Flint (Devil and the Deep; The Mint Theater), The Scarlett Faery (The Hag, the Slag, and the Scarlet Faery; The Signature Theater). Connecticut College Graduate. www.skylervolpe.com. As always, for Uncle Alan.
(Roger Davis) Kaleb is honored to share this show with fans across the country. Recent Credits: Rock of Ages, Burn the Floor, Jesus Christ Superstar. Thanks to Mom, Dad, TW, JW for helping him grow as an artist. He lives in Brooklyn with his beautiful girlfriend Steph. www.Kaleb-wells.com
(Swing, u/s Mimi & Joanne, SOL, Ensemble) is looking forward to spending her 21st year of life sharing this powerful story. Favorite credits: IN THE WAKE with San Diego REP, STAND ALONE (an original musical concept) with Oklahoma City University, and THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL with New Village Arts.
(Sound Design) has worked across the country and internationally, from musicals on Broadway, London’s West End and Australia to spectacles in Las Vegas. Recent credits include: (New York) Holiday Inn (in production), Himself and Nora, The Radio City Spring Spectacular, Cabaret, Disenchanted; (Tours) Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes; (Regional) American Idiot, Hedwig And The Angry Inch
(Director) currently serves as Resident Director forThe Phantom of the Opera in London. As Director: Richard Thomas’ Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre – London), Avenue Q (two UK tours and Bogota, Columbia), Wrong Songs For Summer (London), Just A Housewife (UK tour), RENT (Montreal and Far East tour), Womyn In Three, Out of the Reach of Children and Simoneat Town Hall – A Tribute to Nina Simone in New York. As Associate Director: Avenue Q (Broadway, Las Vegas, West End and US tours), RENT(Broadway and US tours), Les Miserables (US tour), Elf – The Musical (London), You Won’t Succeed on Broadway…(London) and Shrek (Broadway and US tour). As Resident Director: White Christmas and Strangers on a Train both in London’s West End, The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour (UK). Other credits include work on Broadway with Chicago, Exit The King, Annie Get Your Gun and Barbara Cook – Mostly Sondheim; Julie Andrew’s Gift of Music at the O2 London; the US tour and Los Angeles company of The Phantom of the Opera, and the workshops for The Book of Mormon. He has also just staged the theatrical scenes for the movie Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters.
(Original Broadway Director) Broadway credits includethe upcoming Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson’s Dear Evan Hansen, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s If/Then and Next to Normal, as well as Never Gonna Dance, Grey Gardens, and Rent. Recent work includes Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie’s War Paint at the Goodman Theatre, Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America at New York’s Signature Theater, the premiere of Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…. at the Public Theater, and The Tempest, Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet at the Public’s Delacorte. Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown (10 seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theatre Center, and Trinity Rep. Work Off-Broadway includes plays and musicals at the Public Theater, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Signature, and the New York Theater Workshop, where he is an artistic associate. Education: B.S. Northwestern; M.F.A. UCSD.
(Set Design Adaptation) is proud to return to RENT for the 20th anniversary. As a member of IATSE Local 829 and Local 74 he has worked on project large and small around the world. Some projects include; Ring of Fire, La Boheme, Buried Child, How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, Side Man. In the film industry he is noted for his Production designer for π(Pi), (1998 Sundance Directors Award). He has been the Director of Operations at Global Scenic Services since in fall 2007, while continuing his passion for live entertainment as the Production Manager for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. Outside work he enjoys fishing with his three sons, Luke, Will and Mark, and serves on the board of both his town youth soccer program and the SWD Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.
(Lighting Design) Designed the lighting for the first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Off Broadway productions include Middle of the Night by the Keen Theater Company, The Ohmies at DRT & Playwrights Horizons, Who Is Floyd Stearn?, and Squeeze Box. John Moran’s Book of the DeadSecond Avenue at NYSF Public Theater.Re-Lights for Legally Blonde at the Star Theater in Sydney, Wicked at Universal Studios Japan, and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses at St. Louis Rep, Missouri Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Hartford Stage. Associate/Assistant Broadway credits include Cabaret, Pippin, Streetcar Named Desire, Sister Act, Finian’s Rainbow, Wicked, Legally Blonde, White Christmas, and Metamorphoses. Jonathan teaches a summer Master’s program in Lighting Design at Southern Oregon University, lives in New York City, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Visit www.JSpencerDesign.com>
(Choreographer) is the Tony Award Nominated Choreographer of RENT, Drama League Award! recipient for the Los Angeles production of RENT, and a Dora Award Nomination for the Canadian production of RENT. Her work was licensed for RENT the movie, and she is the choreographer of the CINECAST of RENT. Brown Butterfly a multimedia celebration of the life and times of Muhammad Ali “The Greatest” as Director and Choreographer. Yearby co-created the concept with Composer Craig Harris with great critical acclaim. Ms. Yearby received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her choreography for Oedipus Plays at Washington Shakespeare Theatre in DC. A Bessie Award Recipient for her choreography on Stained written by Lisa Jones and Alva Rogers. She choreographed Shay Young Blood’s Talking Bones; Penumbra Theater MN, Rita Dove’s Darker Face of The Earth; Guthrie Theater in MN, Writer Sekou Sundiata’s Mystery of Love; American Musical Theater Festival in PA. Carl Hancock Rux’s Geneva Cottrell Waiting For The Dog To Die/Mabou Mines Director and Singing In the Womb of Angels as Director Ms. Yearby Is the founder and director of Movin’Spirits Dance Theater with commissions from Harlem Stages, Kansas Lied Center For The Performing Arts, MASS MoCa, The Exit Festival France, PS 122,The American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Kansas Lied Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. She was awarded two National College Choreography Initiatives the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Van Lier fellow, and 651 Arts Tradition and Transformation Award funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation, BAX TEN Artists In Progress Awards, DEF Dance JAM Mentor Award. DanceHackIt- Director/Founder Lab Virtual Performance space of dancers simultaneous live streamed in The Gambia West Africa, St Lucia, Vermont, NY, BRIC Community TV Producer, She sat on the advisory board of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently she is developing a web platform for the creative exchange of dance, music, theater and art simultaneous global interactions streamed live. Writers Carl Hancock Rux, Laurie Carlos and composer Cooper Moore further develop Ms. Yearby’s The Beautiful/Unplugged a Performance Reality Libretto on the impact of media on the identity of an American family. She currently is in development with Aku Kadoga on her project Salt, an AfroFunk futuristic multi-media theater piece inspired by the salt mines of Detroit. She will direct a collaboration with Jazz artists Nnenna Freelon, Visual Artist Maya Freelon, and choreographer Kariamu Welsh. As an Artist Activist she champions the voices of women, helping to empower their authentic lives everywhere.
(Music Supervisor): Broadway, as Musical Director: Jonathan Larson’s “Rent,” Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers,”, Jeanine Tesori’s ” Shrek The Musical.” Off Broadway; Patti Griffin’s “Ten Million Miles,” Stephen Schwartz’s “The Baker’s Wife.” Regional; “South Pacific” (Guthrie Theater-dir. Joe Haj) Broadway, as Composer; “Sally Marr And Her Escorts,” staring Joan Rivers. Off Broadway, Susan Lori Parks’, F***ing A.” As Arranger/Orchestrator: Broadway: “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill,” starring Audra MacDonald (also for HBO), “Rent,” “Shrek The Musical.” Film; Todd Graff’s “Camp,” Chris Columbus’ “Rent,” The Mark Pease Experience,” starring Ben Stiller and Anna Kendrick. Also, Tim has served on the board of the Jonathan Larson Foundation, which provides grants for upcoming composers and lyricists.
(Ensemble/Mr. Jefferson/Preacher ‐ u/s Collins, Benny) After performing in SIX separate professional productions of RENT, John is ecstatic to being a part of this tour! Houston native currently living in Los Angeles. Favorite credits include the world premiere of Recorded In Hollywood (Jesse Belvin) and the 2016 international tour of Dreamgirls (C.C. White). Eph 3:20
(Ensemble / Mrs. Jefferson, Seasons of Love Soloist, u/s Joanne) National tour debut! Regional Theatre: Dreamgirls (North Shore Music Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Show Boat (Westchester Broadway Theatre). BFA Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. Many thanks to Joy Dewing Casting, Ruthie and Lauren at Professional Artists, and Mom, Gram, and Zoe. For Dad. AliaHodge.com
(Casting Director) is thrilled to join the Rent family! Casting Credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, dance companies, and about 525,600 tours! Recent tours: 42nd Street, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young), Mamma Mia!, The Wizard of Oz, and the upcoming CHEERS Live on Stage! Past tours: In the Heights, Cats, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Ted Neeley), Movin’ Out, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Bring It On.