Bryan D. Leys

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Bryan Leys

Bryan Leys

(Book & Lyrics) Bryan provided the book and lyrics for Hell’s Belles (Off-Broadway fall 2015); Acting, the First Six Lessons, (TRU Voices New Musicals Series selection); How to Marry a Divorced Man; Kid Dakota; Vienna; The Forgotten Film of Dorian Gray (Michael Stewart Award winner); Fortune and Fate. His musicals Hoodwinked and Midsummer Nights have been published by Samuel French.

Bryan has also written several plays including The Second Life of Gideon Finn, A Long Night in The Short Reign of Didius Julianus, The Drama Department, Shakespeare in Bermuda, and the musicals Argentina Rumpus, and La Ribalta (the Spotlight). New works include What Have They Done with Lolana Lamour, The White Witch of Rosehall, and Red Spot Rebellion.

Bryan received his FBA in Drama from SUNY-Fredonia and his MFA in playwriting and directing from The University of Connecticut.

Clare Cooper

Clare Cooper

(Composer, Lyricist) Clare is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist who performs as a solo artist, band member and musical director. A graduate of Berklee College of Music as well as the New School's Creative Arts Therapy program, she is a winner of the songwriter's Guild of America President's Award and Abe Olman Scholarship, and has released two CDs, Northern Drive and Valentine.

She is the composer of the musical comedy How To Marry A Divorced Man, with book and lyrics by Bryan Leys. Theater credits include musical director for Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, Jaws! The Musical and 2014 Fringe Festival favorite Urban Momfare, and Assistant Musical Director for Memphis.

She is a teaching artist in the New York City public schools, and performs for Musicians On Call, bringing music to patients in area hospitals. Visit her website at www.claircooper.com.

James

James Campodonico

(Composer) James received a BFA in Music and Education from the University of California, Berkeley Campus. He has composed the following musicals: Here Comes My Third Husband Now, Flowers and Trees, developed at the O’Neill Festival, Waterford Connecticut, toured with the O’Neill Theater Institute and later presented at Edward Albee’s Playwrights Unit and at Olympia Dukakis’s Whole Theater in Montclair, NJ.; Between The Lines, presented as staged readings by the York Theatre Company, Amas Repertory Theatre, Buffalo Alleyway Theatre, American Stage, and as a full production by Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ, receiving the NJ Tony for best musical score of the year from the NJ Star Ledger, and Murder On Broadway produced for a twelve week run at the Show Boat Dinner Theatre in Florida. His current musicals are Virgin Territory and Soon To Be A Motion Picture, What Do Critics Know.

He’s been a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop since 1965 and has participated in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop.

Steve Liebman

Steve Liebman

(Composer) Working with Bryan Leys, Steve has composed music for Hell’s Belles, Hoodwinked, The Forgotten Film of Dorian Gray, The Bijou, and Vienna. Steve has also adapted several works by noted children’s author Katherine Paterson including: The Great Gilly Hopkins, Bridge to Terabithia, The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks, and Jeremiah Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter. Other compositions include Gina and the Prince of Mintz, Ellis Island for American Family Theatre and the Off-Broadway musical The Wonder Years. He has recently completed the score for Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol with Dr. Steven Tay.

As an actor, Steve has performed for more than 35 years Off-Broadway and extensively throughout the country.

Balint

Balint Varga

(Composer) Balint is an award winning composer, conductor, music director originally from Budapest, Hungary.

His musicals include: KOBOLDS (At Emerson, Boston), White Witch of Rosehall, Darlings of Broadway (Paramount Theatre, Boston), Houdini -The Musical (Budapest), Why Don't I Have a Girlfriend? (New York, Budapest), Hooligans (Berklee, Boston), Dangersparkle and the Lion (New York City) and O.REX (New York City). Previous musical direction credits: The Wiz, Aida, I love you, you're perfect...! (China Tour), A Little Princess, West Side Story, Oliver!, Assassins, Willy Wonka, Berklee Goes Broadway, and Dangersparkle and the Lion.

He has worked in the professional theatre world throughout Europe in many productions, such as Oliver!, (France), Jekyll and Hyde (Austria), Fiddler on the Roof (Hungary), Chess (Hungary), Jesus Christ Superstar (Hungary), They're Playing Our Song (Hungary), and Roman Polanski's Dance of the Vampires (Hungary/Belgium/Russia).

Balint graduated from Berklee College of Music where he studied composition and conducting. www.balintvarga.com and www.dangerlionproductions.com

Mary

Mary Feinsinger

Mary (maryfeinsinger.com) has music directed many shows in New York and regional theatres, including Hell's Belles, where she met Bryan Leys.

She is a composer/lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. She has a degree in opera from the Juilliard School, and was acclaimed in the New York Times as "the world's greatest Yiddish scat singer."