Bart Shatto | Bart has been featured in original Broadway casts of Tony-nominated "The Civil War", "Dracula" (starring in the role of Texan Quincey Morris) and Tony-nominated “Hands on a Hardbody”. He also played the iconic role of Jean Valjean in both National Tour and Broadway casts of "Les Miserables". As a singer, he is a veteran vocalist (since 2002) for the Gold/Platinum selling symphonic progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. TSO has sold over 10 million concert tickets and 10 million concert albums and plays to 1 million fans each season. Billboard Magazine ranked TSO the top 25 touring artists of the decade.
National Tour credits include: "Cats" (Gus/Growltiger), "The Civil War "(1st National w/Larry Gatlin and John Schneider) and "Les Miserables". He has performed at renowned regional theatres including Paper Mill Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Ford's Theatre (Helen Hayes nominee) and the Barter Theatre. Also, Bart had the distinguished honor of performing for President George W. Bush at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. along with Maya Angelou, Hal Holbrook, Tricia Yearwood and Clay Aiken.
Bart can be heard as the voice of "Gaspard's Papa" in the animated series for Disney Jr. "Gaspard and Lisa". Other Television credits include: “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Ghost Stories” (Fox Family) and “Guiding Light” (CBS). He is co-starring in the feature film "Freedom" opposite Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr (available on Netflix) and the musical film "Life of An Actress” opposite Tony-nominee Orfeh (cast album produced by Broadway Records). Bart’s solo show “Back to Broadway: Heroes, Villains and Dreamers” will be produced at Feinsteins/54 Below later this year. www.bartshatto.com
Barbara Shirvis | Soprano Barbara Shirvis has enjoyed a 30+ year career singing in American opera companies and symphonies such as New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and Aspen Music Festival, as well as numerous recitals of the classical song and musical theatre repertoire. Some of Barbara's favorite roles include Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Desdemona (Otello), Mimi (La Boheme), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte). Having taught vocal technique for the last 15 years, Barbara now maintains a private voice studio in Kennett Square, PA and produces two recitals per year to showcase her students. In addition, she frequently substitute teaches at Mannes College of Music (The New School) in Manhattan. Barbara Shirvis holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts from University of South Florida.
Benjamin Endsley Klein | Ben was born in Charlotte, NC and studied at the University of Michigan. Director of Ann starring Tony Nominated actress Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards. Before playing Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, the production played Chicago and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Selected credits as Director include First Date at Pittsburgh CLO, Bend in the Road at New York Musical Theatre Festival (included in Huffington Post’s “The Best Shows of 2013”), the world premiere musical Hello Out There at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, the East Coast Premiere of Sick by Zayd Dohrn at New Jersey Repertory, Hairspray at Charlottetown Festival (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Notes to MariAnne at the Eugene O'Neill Musical Theatre Conference, and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Old Globe in San Diego, California. As Resident, Associate, or Assistant Director, credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse at Lincoln Center Theatre (Tony Award Best Play 2011), Love Never Dies in the West End, Hairspray in the West End (Olivier Award for Best Musical 2008), the UK tour of Hairspray, Lincoln Center Theater’s The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award Best Play 2007), and Broadway, 1st National US Tour, and Regional productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Awards include the Emerging Artist Award from the University of Michigan Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance, the Mike Ockrent Fellowship by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the Paul Green Foundation Award by the National Theatre Conference.
Heather Mayes | Heather is an actor, singer, director, and voice-over artist currently residing in Virginia Beach, VA. Performing professionally for sixteen years, Heather considers each moment in performance a gift. Her most recent project was a solo cabaret titled “Victory: Surviving Life, Love, and other Mysteries,” performed at the Zeiders American Dream Theatre. Ms. Mayes holds an MFA in Acting from University of Virginia and a BA in Theatre from Messiah College. She sings regionally as a featured jazz vocalist, and is one half of the piano-vocal duo, Scarlett Blue. You will find her on Sunday mornings leading worship at Trinity Church, VB. She currently teaches acting in the Department of Musical Theatre at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, and is also adjunct faculty in the department of Theatre at Old Dominion University. Studio Center is her agency for all on-camera and voice-over acting credits. Performance credits include: Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, (1st National Tour, Society Hill Playhouse), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ursula), How to Succeed in Business (Miss Jones), Private Lives (Amanda), The Spitfire Grill (Percy), Damn Yankees (Lola), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbitt), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood), I Do! I Do! (Agnes) Joseph...Dreamcoat (Narrator), The Musical of Musicals (Abby), and Tokyo Disneyland. Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Psalm 46:10.
Peter Bishai | Peter is an award-winning film director and screenwriter whose work has been hailed by critics as “commanding” and “visually arresting”. His feature film Colors of Heaven tells the epic true-life story of South Africa’s once most famous teen movie star, who, in the aftermath of the bloody 1976 Soweto Uprising, is separated from the love of his life, becomes a fugitive, and struggles for years to survive apartheid and find redemption. Filmed in dozens of locations in Johannesburg and Zululand using 800 extras, spectacular action sequences and gorgeous widescreen cinematography, Colors of Heaven won two South African Academy Awards and Best Foreign Film at WorldFest Houston. It is currently available on Netflix.
He previously wrote and directed the whimsical comedy The Dueling Accountant, the story of a lonely CPA drawn into a world of intrigue when he's challenged to a fencing duel. In 2008, it won awards for Best Comedy Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Long Island International Film Expo. It is featured in the book Fervid Filmmaking: 66 Cult Pictures of Vision, Verve and No Self-Restraint.
Peter is completing post-production on his latest feature, Rapid Eye Movement, a thriller about sleep deprivation that was the first feature film in history to be filmed almost entirely in Times Square, with the full cooperation of New York City. www.peterbishai.com
Danielle Burrows | Writer/producer Danielle Burrows spent a summer in Discovery’s Cash Cab, several seasons ruining (decorating) houses with TLC’s Trading Spaces, and countless hours shaping story lines for networks including A&E, Lifetime, and WHYY. She is the author of a local history book and spends most days helping businesses and brands put their m.o. into words. Awesome, industry-appropriate, revenue-boosting words. Danielle also grew up performing in musical theatre on the East Coast in productions such as Carousel, Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Wizard of Oz, to name a few. www.danielleburrows.com
Scott Shellhamer | Scott was involved in the arts beginning at a very young age in one way or another whether playing music, singing, or performing on stage. He has a degree in Finance and Economics from The Pennsylvania State University and is a Managing Director at Warren Financial Service, proud sponsor of SALT's Got Talent. He is also a Level 1 CrossFit coach. He is passionate about investing in the lives of others, especially the youth of Chester County.
Randall Warren | Randy is Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer of Warren Financial Service, a registered investment advisory firm founded in 1965 by his father. He also manages WFS Funds, the institutional division of Warren Financial Service, which includes hedge fund and private equity investment products. Clients for both groups include
1) Self made people – those that are getting ready to retire and need help managing the nest egg they have worked hard to save
2) Dual Income people – couples that both have high paying jobs such that they have additional savings beyond their daily living expenses
3) Business owners looking for new ways to diversify their investments or even thinking about an exit strategy
Mr. Warren joined the firm in 2000, after spending nine years as chief technology officer at FNX Limited, where he was responsible for creating sophisticated trading and portfolio modeling tools for companies like Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, etc.
Among his civic duties, Mr. Warren volunteers with several organizations such as Peacemakers where he provides pro bono financial counseling to individuals and families in need. He served several years on the West Chester University Presidents Advisory Board. He served several years on the Advisory Board for Snider Hockey. He also has served on the Board of the Calvary Fellowship Church Foundation. In addition, over the past 20 years, Mr. Warren has served multi-year periods on the Elder Board and the Deacon Board at his local church. He has served as a soccer coach for many youth soccer teams in the local community and Warren Financial is a sponsor of the local
Downingtown East High School Varsity Boys and Girls Soccer teams. He is also a published writer, having authored Kingdom Builder in 2008. The book explains how individuals can achieve a “greater purpose” by having a philanthropic approach to financial management.
Mr. Warren holds an MBA in Finance from West Chester University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from University of Delaware. He recently had the honor of giving the commencement address for West Chester University graduate students.
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