Librettist, Composer and Lyricist
Liz Turner is an accomplished singer, actress and songwriter known for her warm voice, playful attitude, and vibrant energy on stage! Having entertained audiences across the globe ranging from Carnegie Hall, The Vatican, Disney, Nickelodeon, RWS, Ogunquit Playhouse, Texas Family Musicals, Norwegian+ Carnival Cruise lines and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Liz obtained her M.M and B.M from The Berklee College of Music, in Vocal Performance, and studied Arts Administration at NYU.
A diverse artist, who writes original stories and compositions deep from the heart, and never afraid to pour out her authentic Mediterranean and Cabaret influences on stage. With memorable past NYC performances at The Metropolitan Room, The Cutting Room, Ashford and Simpson's Sugar Bar and Toshi's Living Room.
Liz is quite active in the Filming and Voiceover community in New York and has worked with some of today’s hottest stars and shows! She has also worked in Arts Administration including the New Victory/New 42 Theatre (Off-Broadway), and the Vail Jazz Festival. Songwriting placements for Educational use with Dance, Laugh, Learn LLC. Recent awards include: Winner of the Bunol Symphonic Wind Band Competition '16, Spain, 1st place in Hampton Beach Talent Competition '16, NH.
Liz has served as Musical Director and Teaching Artist in the New York area with Long Lake Camp of the Performing Arts, Inside Broadway, The Queens Theatre, Brooklyn Arts Council, 92 Y, Acting Out, Performer's Theatre Workshop, and MainStages. Favorite youth productions she has Musical Directed include: Seussical, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Oliver, and Chicago!
She is a on the Board of Directors for International Women in Jazz and a member of SAG/AFTRA, National Italian-American Federation, National Organization of Italian-American Women, BMI, The Dramatists Guild, Society of Composers and Lyricists, AFM Local 802, The Drama League, International Women's Jazz Association, Women in Music, Manhattan Association of Cabaret Artists, Off-Broadway Alliance, and is currently a member of Theater Resources Unlimited's (TRU) Broadway Producer Mentorship Program.
Librettest and Director
Vincent Pelligrino is a jack-of-all-trades performer, musician, director and teacher. Originally from Michigan, he holds a BA Theatre from Wisconsin Lutheran College, and an MFA Theatre-Acting from West Virginia University. As a director and music director, Vincent displays passion and showmanship - and to 'Ciao Bambino', he brings a personal connection.
"With a name like 'Pelligrino', I have always felt a connection to my Italian heritage. This musical brings the energy of a generation of Italian-American immigrants; and the magic of New York city in the 1950's. While still maintaining a family friendly story, the musical explores the importance of familial relationships, and what it truly means to be "Italian".
It is so refreshing to work on new, totally original material. The music of 'Ciao Bambino' ranges in style from tarantella to pop ballad. There truly is something for everyone."
Musical Director, Arranger and Orchestrator
A native of Switzerland, Andreas is an innovative pianist, composer and arranger of our generation. A brilliant transcriptionist, and orchestrator whose diversity shines in Contemporary music. A winner of the Swiss Artist prize, Liverpool Jazz award, Philip Holt prize, Bunol symphonic wind band competition and currently a finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition. Past musical credits include Jack and the Beanstalk at The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, UK, Cats at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, and All Shook up at the Unity Theater, Liverpool.
Served as Staff Accompanist at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts from 2013-2015. Andreas was also awarded with a mentorship this past Fall with the Society of Composers and Lyricists, NY. He holds a M.M from the Berklee College of Music, BA Liverpool Institute of the Performing Arts, and a BA from Zurich University of Arts.
JOSHUA WARNER (Scenic Designer) is an award-winning scenic designer for theatre, film, and television. Off-Off Broadway: Nathaniel Hill's immersive production of Cleopatra: The New Pop Experience (Theater for the New City). Touring: Noel: The Brooklyn Christmas Story, Macbeth, Good King Wenceslas (Stages on the Sound). Film: Muse (2017), The Book of Living and Dying (2016). Television: The 34th Annual EVVY Awards, The Mike Cantalupo Show (EmChannel). Upcoming: Boys From Syracuse (Off-Broadway), A Wonderful Life (Narrows Theatre). Recipient of an EVVY Award for Best Scenic Design and for Best Production Design for Television. He is currently full time staff and adjunct lecturer of Scenic Design at CUNY York College. BFA: Emerson College. www.joshuawarnerdesign.com
Allison Hohman is thrilled to be working on this production. She currently works for 13th Street Repertory Theatre under artistic director Joe Battista as his assistant on in house productions and stage manager/techie for many of the shows passing through. She also is company manager of the not for profit Gnome Haus theatre company and freelances in directing, lighting and sound design and stage management around the city. She has had the pleasure of directing with AMTA on their first years of schooling in the states and also recently stage managed Abingdon Theatre Company’s 25th anniversary Gala. She hopes you enjoy yourself!
Jessa-Raye Court (Costume Designer) NYC: Romance of the Western Chamber (dir. Shela Xoregos), Who’s… Virgina Woolf (dir. Dan Foster), Oklahoma! (Charlottesville Opera, dir. Mary Birnbaum), Night Tide (NYMF, dir Luis Villabon), Marty’s Shadow (Strindberg Rep; dir Whitney Gail Aronson), Abu Casem’s Slippers (Strindberg Rep; dir Janet Bentley), Connected (Project Y; dir Michole Biancosino), Mourning Sun (Theatre 167; dir Ari Laura Kreith), Kristina (Strindberg Rep; dir. Whitney Aronson), Barcode (NYC Fringe, dir Joe Barros) Regional: Oklamhoma! (Charlottesville Opera, dir Mary Birnbaum), Midsomer Night’s Dream (SRU, dir Tom Gleadow); Antigone (SRU, dir Reggie Phoenix); Dames at Sea (Infinity Theatre Co; dir. Randy Skinner) MFA: Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers ; www.jessarayecourt.com
Meet Erica Sorum our Hair/Make up Designer! She is an actress, cosmetologist, and first year graduate student at Mount Saint Mary’s University - Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Theatre from Wisconsin Lutheran College and has designed hair and makeup for collegiate and professional productions in the Milwaukee area. Erica relocated to Los Angeles in 2013 and has had the privilege to work on television, film, and commercial projects as a member of SAG-AFTRA.
“I am thrilled to be designing hair and makeup for Ciao Bambino! This will be my second opportunity designing an original musical. My intention is to give each character historical accuracy and authenticity to aid in the telling of this beautiful story.”
Andrea Marano is a native New Yorker who has worked as a producer, director, choreographer and teaching artist. She is currently the resident Director, Choreographer and Acting Coach for the advanced company at Pied Piper Youth Theater and is completing her Masters in Social Work at Columbia University, specializing in expressive therapies and program development. Raised by two hard-working and loving people who left their native countries to seek out new opportunities in the United States, she is honored to produce a piece that celebrates the bravery of pursuing new beginnings and the beauty of Italian-American culture.