Cast & Creative
Arielle was most recently seen on Broadway as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin, Arielle Jacobs has been called “one of the greatest theater artists of her generation” with a “powerful voice” who “could sing her way to world peace.” Arielle made her Broadway debut starring opposite creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the final Broadway cast of the four-time Tony® and Grammy Award® winning musical In The Heights. Praised as “compelling” and “radiant” by Variety Magazine and “Powerful” by The New York Times, Ms. Jacobs has continued to wow audiences ever since with starring roles in Wicked on Broadway, Disney’s Aladdin (both on Broadway and in the Australian premiere production), Rent (Mimi), Disney’s High School Musical (originating Gabriella in the stage musical), Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) where she performed opposite Emmy-nominated actor Tituss Burgess, and more. Arielle starred Off-Broadway in two world premiere plays by Pulitzer-winning playwright Nilo Cruz including the one woman show “Farhad or the Secret of Being” (which Lincoln Center Public Library in NYC chose to film for their musical theater archives), and has performed onstage in many of America’s greatest concert halls including Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Symphony Hall in Boston, and many more beside legendary artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Chaka Khan, and Stephen Schwartz. She has performed her solo show “A Leap In The Dark”, and in front of symphony orchestras, to rave reviews around the world in Abu Dhabi, Israel, Italy, Athens, Miami, New Orleans, Panama City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Tokyo, Taiwan, and more. Ms. Jacobs is the founder of The Girls Camaraderie Project, an organization working to build camaraderie and community instead of competition among middle-school girls. Ms. Jacobs’ soaring debut solo album, “A Leap In the Dark: Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below”, an autobiographical journey highlighting some of her struggles and feats, was released by Broadway Records. Stay in touch! @ArielleJacobs.
Jake David Smith
Jake is an actor born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and he is thrilled to be joining the Between the Lines Family! He most recently made his Broadway debut in Disney’s Frozen. Some favorite regional credits include: Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid, Lewis in Pippin (Musical Theatre Wichita) and Tony in West Side Story (New London Barn Playhouse). BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University. Lots of love and gratitude to the Smith family, Tara Rubin Casting and CGF. @jake.david.smith
Julia appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour, for which she received an Acclaim Award. Other New York credits include Lennon, The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Class Act, Baby, The Landing, Queen of the Mist, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She’s been seen regionally all over the U.S. and has has the pleasure of doing concerts with symphonies at Carnegie Hall to The Kennedy Center, in Malaysia and Maui & a lot of spots in between. Among her TV credits are “Madam Secretary,” “30 Rock,” “Sex and the City,” “Succession,” all the “Law and Orders,” “First You Dream,” and about a gazillion voiceovers. Films: Not Okay, The Report, Big Time Adolescence, First One In. A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy nominated Actor’s Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album I’m Not Waiting, which is available on iTunes. Twitter: @juliamurney. Instagram: @pepamama.
Will’s recent Broadway credits include: Kiss Me, Kate (Gremio); Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper); Holiday Inn; An American in Paris. Regional: Young Frankenstein (Igor) at Ogunquit Playhouse, The Last Days of Summer (Stuke) at George Street Playhouse, Holiday Inn (Ted Hanover) at The Marriott Lincolnshire. Instagram & Twitter: @willburtonum
Wren (they/them) is so proud to be part of Between The Lines. Wren has also been seen in Jagged Little Pill (Jo Cover & Ensemble) and most recently on AppleTV+’s “WeCrashed.” Shoutout to their alma mater, Ball State University #chirpchirp, their agents at KMR, and their manager Eric Emery. This one goes out to all trans and nonbinary folx. Follow along with Wren on Instagram @w.t.rivera.
Hillary is a graduate of Pace University and LaGuardia High School. Off-Broadway: Cyrano (The New Group) Regional: Pamela’s First Musical (Two River Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (Fulton Opera House), Rent, West Side Story, and The Producers (Mac-Haydn). Television: “The Chica Show” (Sprout). Hillary is also a recording artist and model. Follow her @no.chillary for more! Grateful for my team over at Buchwald, Schachter Entertainment.
Broadway/off-Broadway: Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables. John originated the role of the D’Ysquith Family in the first national tour of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder. Regional: Grand Horizons & Camelot (Asolo Rep), The Tale of Despereaux (Berkeley Rep) Oklahoma! (Broadway Sacramento) The Play That Goes Wrong (St. Louis Rep), The Drowsy Chaperone (Goodspeed) and The Hollow, John’s one-actor adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Amphibian Stage). TV/Film: “The Blacklist”, “A Christmas Carol”. John is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Ms. Winx/Jessamyn and others
Vicki most recently starred as Countess Lili in Anastasia on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Chicago and Damn Yankees. She appeared in Pal Joey for NYC Encores and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. She starred as Beth on the critically acclaimed NBC series “NewsRadio” for its full run of 6 seasons. She also appeared on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Goldbergs,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Modern Family,” “The Blacklist,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Angie Tribeca,” “Doll & Em,” “Melissa & Joey,” “Bones, “Murphy Brown” and “Seinfeld.” Films include The Ugly Truth, Breakfast of Champions, Mousehunt and Godzilla. She has voiced hundreds of animation characters, most notably Deb/Flo in Pixar’s blockbuster films, Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
Sean is a Miami-raised actor and maker. He is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut in Between the Lines. He recently appeared on the Williamstown Theater Festival’s audio production of ROW, available on Audible, and in 9 to 5 at North Carolina Theater. Past work also includes co-writing and co-producing War Stories at the 2019 Minnesota Fringe Festival, as well as co-creating the performance group Cavemyn in the Club while in school. He would like to acknowledge and thank all his current and past teachers. You all deserve the world. A special thank you to Jeff Calhoun and Tara Rubin Casting. Sean is a graduate of the UNCSA School of Drama. Mom, Dad, Ali, and Lucas, xo. @miamisunshineboy
Off-Broadway Debut! Broadway: The Prom. Regional Theatre: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Lyric Opera, Barrington Stage Company and Gateway Playhouse. TV Credits: “Atlanta” on FX and “FBI” on CBS. Her original pop music is streaming on Spotify and all other music streaming platforms. She is represented by A3. Many thanks to the Between the Lines family and Tara Rubin Casting. All my love to my friends and family, especially mom and dad! Thank you for reading every single script with me! @jerushacavazos www.jerushacavazos.com
u/s Delilah, Jules/Ondine, Allie/Princess Seraphima, Janice/Marisa
Aubrey is a third-generation theatre kid with family members who have worked in London’s West End and on Broadway. Aubrey grew up between New York and Los Angeles and got the full bi-coastal treatment as well as being a dual national US/UK citizen. LA theatre credits include singing at The Walt Disney Concert Hall as the winner of the 2018 Spotlight Award (Non-Classical Voice), Elderhood directed by Randy Brenner with the Creating Musical Theatre Lab program at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Other credits include Chrissy in Becoming Nancy (Lab) directed by Jerry Mitchell and Crissy in Hair at the Asolo Repertory Theatre directed by Josh Rhodes. (Spot the pattern?) While embracing an actor’s journey, Aubrey is additionally focused on developing skills as a director and writer. Aubrey was recently the assistant director for the Off-Broadway premiere of A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet at the DR2 theatre written by Alex Wyse and Ben Fankhauser, directed by Marshall Pailet. Aubrey recently co-wrote a 10-minute musical parody about the trials and tribulations of the musical theatre college audition process! Aubrey’s first onscreen appearance was representing the “letter of the day” B for Baby on Sesame Street. Since that time, Aubrey learned to walk and talk.
Dan is ecstatic to join the Between the Lines family for his off-Broadway debut! Originally from Cleveland, OH, Dan has performed in venues across North America, from the Hollywood Pantages in Los Angeles to Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City. Tour: CATS as Munkustrap (1st Nt’l Tour, Revival). Select Regional: Rock of Ages as Drew (John W. Engeman Theater), Next to Normal as Gabe (Theater on the Square), Pippin as Pippin (Thin Air Theater Co.), The Last Five Years as Jamie (Revolution Theatrics), and The Glass Menagerie as Jim O’Connor (Big Dog Theatrics). In addition to his public performances, Dan regularly works with acclaimed composers and writers in the development of new works. BWMT ’18. Special thank you to Justin, Pheza, the Hoy family, Tara Rubin Casting, and CESD. www.danhoy.org. IG: @dan_jhoy
Heather Ayers is thrilled to be a part of Between The Lines! Broadway: Groundhog Day, Mel Brook’s Young Frankenstein, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever starring Harry Connick Jr., Trevor Nunn’s A Little Night Music. Off-Broadway: The Roundabout, City Center Encores!, The Lucille Lortel, The Minetta Lane. Select Regional: Goodspeed Opera House, The Yale Repertory, The Old Globe and The Muny. TV: “Scandal” (ABC), “I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman” (Hulu), “American Vandal” (Netflix), “Brockmire” (IFC), “The Affair” (Showtime), “No Activity” (Paramount+). She sends big thanks to the BTL family!
Off-Broadway: Til Divorce Do Us Part (DR2 Theatre, dir. Mark Waldrop), Son of a Gun (Beckett Theatre, dir. Gabriel Barre). National Tour: Murder for Two (dir. Scott Schwartz). Select regional: Milwaukee Rep, Merrimack Rep, North Carolina Theatre, Rubicon Theatre, and Mountain Playhouse. TV: “Only Murders in the Building.” Additionally, Martin has played in/conducted orchestras Off-Broadway and regionally, including Paper Mill Playhouse. As a writer, his musical Fun at the Beach Romp-Bomp-a-Lomp!! is in development with Broadway/West End director Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong; A Comedy About a Bank Robbery). Love to J+J+W, always. www.martinlandry.net
Jodi Picoult (Original Book) is the author of 27 novels, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. Her last eleven books have debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and five have been made into movies, with two more – A SPARK OF LIGHT and BOOK OF TWO WAYS – being adapted as limited series. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction, the Alex Award from YALSA, the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Literary Merit, and the esteemed Sarah Josepha Hale Award. She holds honorary doctor of letters degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of New Haven. Two of her books, BETWEEN THE LINES and OFF THE PAGE (co-written with daughter Samantha van Leer) have been adapted as a Broadway-bound musical; she is also the co-librettist of the new musical BREATHE, which premiered in 2021, and of the musical adaptation of THE BOOK THIEF musical, which will premiere in the UK in 2022. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband.
Samantha Van Leer
Samantha Van Leer (Original Book) wrote the novels BETWEEN THE LINES and OFF THE PAGE with her mother, Jodi Picoult. She is a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in psychology and a minor in human development. She graduated Simmons College with a Masters in the Art of Teaching and dual certification in Elementary Education and
Special Education. She has spent the past few years as a fourth-grade teacher in Massachusetts. She now lives in Texas with her husband and puppy, where she is working on her next YA novel.
Timothy Allen McDonald
Timothy Allen McDonald (Book). Librettist credits: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach (Pasek and Paul), Jim Henson’s Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (Paul Williams, directed by Christopher Gattelli), and Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley). Current projects: Between The Lines, The Big-One-Oh! opening at the Atlantic Theatre fall 2019, and The Book Thief opening in the U.K. spring 2021. Tim has adapted over 125 musicals for the educational market ranging from Xanadu JR. to Annie JR. An estimated 36 million people attend one of these productions annually. He is the co-author of the iTheatrics Method, the world’s first-ever educational musical theatre textbook (GIA Publications), and the Founder and CEO of iTheatrics and the Junior Theater Festivals Worldwide. www.iTheatrics.com
Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel
Music & Lyrics
Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel (Music & Lyrics) are the Annie award-nominated songwriters behind Disney Animation’s Olaf’s Frozen Adventure and the hit Apple TV+ series Central Park. The two met in the acclaimed BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writing workshop in 2010 and have been writing partners ever since. For the stage, they are currently developing The Book Thief, based on the award-winning novel by Marcus Zuzak. It is set to premiere in the UK in 2022. They are also working on a feature film for Warner Bros, starring Cynthia Erivo, loosely based on the tale of Rip Van Winkle.
Paul McGill (Choreographer) is a choreographer and director whose career expands to stage, film, television, circus, music videos, and sight-specific events. He coached Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch stars Neil Patrick Harris, John Cameron Mitchell, Darren Criss, and more. His work on The Legend of Georgia McBride earned him an NAACP Award as well as a Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Astaire Award. For more information, visit www.paul-mcgill.com or IG: @Paul_McGill_
Jeff Calhoun (Director). Broadway: Disney’s Newsies (Eight Tony Award® Nominations including Best Director), Bonnie & Clyde, Jekyll & Hyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West’s Big River (Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award®, Best Revival), Grease (Tony Nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!, The Will Rogers Follies (Tony Award®, Best Musical). On Tour and Internationally: Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical (London’s West End & U.K. Tour) and Disney’s High School Musical 1 & 2. Regionally: Between The Lines, Last Days of Summer and The Music Man. Jeff is an associate artist at The Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @thejeffcalhoun.
Daryl Roth (Producer) holds the singular distinction of producing 7 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony); How I Learned to Drive (the original Off-Broadway production and the upcoming Broadway debut); Proof (2001 Tony); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit. The proud recipient of 12 Tony Awards® and London’s Olivier Award, her over 120 award winning productions include: The 2013 Tony winner for Best Musical, Kinky Boots, 6 years on Broadway and around the globe; Absolute Brightness; Angels in America (2018 Tony); Buyer & Cellar; Caroline, or Change; Curtains; Gloria: A Life; Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia (2002 Tony); Indecent; It Shoulda Been You; Love, Loss, and What I Wore; The Normal Heart (2011 Tony); The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; War Horse (2011 Tony); and The Year of Magical Thinking. She is a Trustee of Lincoln Center Theater and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Honored to have been inducted into the 2017 Theatre Hall of Fame. www.DarylRothProductions.com.
J. Jared Janas
Hair, Wig & Makeup Design
Greg Anthony Rassen
Orchestrations and Arrangements
Columbia Live Stage