(Tom Collins) is an actor and theatre artist from the Washington, DC area. Alma maters include Duke Ellington School of the Arts and The University of the Arts (Musical Theatre BFA ’17). He is tremendously excited to be reprising the role of Collins for his second year on the Rent National Tour! Thanks goes out to Mom and Dad as well as all other life coaches along the way.
(Mrs. Jefferson, Seasons of Love Soloist, u/s Joanne Jefferson) A native of the Bronx, New York, Jasmine is thrilled to be a part of the 20th anniversary national tour of Rent! Her past credits include Hairspray, Guys and Dolls and Dreamgirls. She attended the famed LaGuardia Performing Arts High School and received her Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University.
(Mark Cohen) is beyond thrilled to be making his touring debut with the 20th anniversary tour of Rent! He could not be more grateful for the opportunity to travel and tell this incredible story. Past regional credits include Jack Kelly in Newsies, Mike in A Chorus Line, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde. Much love and thanks to his friends, family, The Price Group, Wojcik/Seay Casting and, of course, the Rent team! “For my parents.” B.F.A. Western Carolina University. @loganalexmarks.
(Maureen Johnson) is over the moon to be back this year spreading the love with the 20th anniversary production of Rent! She was pursuing her BFA in musical theatre at Rider University before joining the tour last year. Huge thanks to her parents, family, and Jamo for the endless amount of support they provide. www.lyndiemoe.com.
(Ensemble, Mr. Jefferson, Preacher, u/s Tom Collins, u/s Benjamin Coffin III) is thrilled to make his tour debut with the 20th anniversary of Rent! Regional credits: The First Noel (True Colors Theatre), Once on This Island (GET), The Wiz (GLOW), West Side Story (GLOW), Hot Mikado (GLOW). B.M. Furman University; M.M. Peabody Conservatory. Benjamin gives all glory to Jesus!
(Ensemble Steve, u/s Mark Cohen, u/s Roger Davis) is very excited to be involved with such an important work of art. This marks his second national tour and he has traveled the world working on cruise ships. Thank you W&S and the production team for this opportunity! Sending love to his family and friends! Instagram @chase.mccall
(Female Swing, u/s Joanne Jefferson, u/s Mimi Marquez) is overjoyed to be a part of one of her favorite musicals! She graduated from Point Park University. Jasmine recently had the privilege of premiering Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast, based on the new live action film, on the Disney Dream.
(Joanne Jefferson) So blessed to be in this show. LA native and proud Ethiopian! B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs, Occidental College. Live: backup singer standby(Beyoncè, Coachella 2018); Regional: Memphis, Sister Act(Deloris), Beauty and the Beast(Belle); Television: FOX’s The Four National Commercial; International: Big Band Beat(Tokyo Disneyland). Love you, mommye. Instagram: @lenceee_
(Swing, u/s Maureen Johnson, u/s Mimi Marquez) is thrilled to be making her International/ National Tour debut with Rent! Past credits include Melissa in The Drunken City, Cordelia in Falsettos, Mallory in City of Angels and others. Tori could not be more excited to tell this important story with such an amazing cast, crew and creative team. She would like to thank Wojcik/Seay Casting, SW Artists and all of her friends and family for their love and support!
(Swing, u/s Mark Cohen, Dance Captain) is over the moon to be joining Rent! National tours: Cinderella, Fame: The Musical. B.F.A. University at Buffalo. Thanks to Meg Pantera Agency, Wojcik|Seay Casting and the WorkLight team. As always, for Mom and Dad. @seanzyryan.
(u/s Angel Schunard, Male Swing) is stoked to join the Rent family. Regional: Signature Theatre (Diner, world premiere), Palace Theatre (A Chorus Line), Virginia Repertory (In the Heights), Short North Stages (Kiss…Spider Woman). B.F.A. musical theater, Shenandoah Conservatory. James would like to thank his family and friends for their support and encouragement. ScorpioPower ;-).
(Mrs. Cohen, u/s Maureen Johnson) National tour debut! Most recently seen internationally as Rizzo in Grease for Royal Caribbean. Musical theater B.F.A. from The New School University. “Heartfelt thanks to Wojcik|Seay, ATB Talent, Xav, Anthony, Nick—the love of my life, and Mom and Dad for allowing my dreams to come true!” IG: @ makeitup_samantha.
(Mimi Marquez) was born and bred in New Orleans, La. She’s an alumna of Dillard University and a former professional NFL cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints. In 2017, Deri made her theatrical debut in the Korean tour of Dreamgirls in Seoul, South Korea.
(Mimi Marquez) played the first African American Cinderella in Raleigh Little Theatre’s holiday production of Cinderella and Dionne in Hair at Theatre in the Park directed by Ira David Wood. Previous show credits include Rent, Chicago, Arabian Nights at NCSU.
(Roger Davis) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA where his dream of performing changed from a hobby to a passion by 10th grade. He attended Montclair State University for a short time before leaving to try to begin his career. ^..^meow?
(Swing, u/s Angel Schunard) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Rent‘s 20th anniversary tour! J.T. is a graduate from Otterbein University with a B.F.A. in musical theater. Past credits include Eugene Morris Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs, Jean-Francois Millet in Is He Dead?, and Collins in Rent. J.T. would like to thank his family, friends and faculty at Otterbein for their support and the entire company of Rent for the opportunity to share this story with the world.
(Ensemble, Alexi Darling, Mrs. Davis, u/s Mimi Marquez) Awarded 2015 Newcomer of the Year by Florida Theater On Stage for her role in Marquee Theater’s Aida, Alex is a musical theater major at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Additional credits include Celebration/ Potemkin, Little Shop of Horrors/Ronnette, Jekyll & Hyde/Lucy Harris, and Dreamgirls/ Deena Jones.
(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.
(Paul, Ensemble, u/s Benjamin Coffin III, u/s Tom Collins) is thrilled to be a part of this phenomenal production! “Thanks to my family and friends for all your love and support.” Credits: Reed (fml: How Carson McCuller’s Saved My Life), Wickersham #1 (Seussical) and Mereb (Aida). M.F.A. musical theater writing, NYU Tisch. B.F.A. musical theater. NKU. Instagram: @emerilkbs.
(Ensemble / Mr. Jefferson, Preacher, u/s Collins & Benny)
(Gordon, u/s Roger Davis) Tour debut! Joshua is a Denver native who grew up skateboarding in the morning and singing showtunes at night. Regional: Next to Normal (Gabe), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Hairspray (Link Larkin) and Righteous: The Skateboard Play (Kevin). Much love to Chelsea, Winnie and all his family and friends!
(Benjamin Coffin III). B.F.A.: University of the Arts. Nat’l tour: Mamma Mia! farewell tour. Favorite regional: iLLA (NYMF), Kill Move Paradise (Interact Theatre Co.), The Jungle Book (Arden Theatre Co., Mowgli u/s). “I love you today. Pray often, worry not!” MarcusJohn.weebly.com.
(Angel Schunard) is so thankful to be spreading love with this show! Favorite credits include Disney Dreams (Aladdin), A Chorus Line (Paul), and Fantastical Family Night. Proud Ithaca College grad. “All the love and thanks to God, my incredible parents, Hudson Artists Agency, and the RENT team. Keep shining.” @aaronreads.
(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.
(Casting) Tours: Kinky Boots, Motown, Vocalosity, Flashdance, Dreamgirls, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jekyll & Hyde, Joseph… Dreamcoat and A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: Othello: The Remix, Church & State, The Portal, Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, Handle with Care, Triassic Parq and more! Regional: Multiple seasons/shows for Riverside Theatre, Fla.; The Engeman Theatre, N.Y.; Theatre Raleigh, N.C.; Stages St Louis, Mo.; Theatre Aspen, Colo.; Gretna Theatre, Pa.; The Arvada Center, Colo.; and Tuacahn PAC, Utah. wscasting.com.