BrettBret Simmons (Music)

In addition to his composing and songwriting skills, Bret Simmons works as an arranger, producer, musical director and vocal coach. His talents have been most visibly showcased in his role as Music Director on The Megan Mullally Show, as onscreen bandleader and keyboardist.

He is the composer of musicals including Falling For Eve with co-writers David Howard and Joe DiPietro, which enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run this year; Lucky Star which premiered at Phoenix Theatre in 2008; And Changing Minds which is being licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide. He has also written many songs that have been featured in live stage shows and special events for numerous clients ranging from The Walt Disney Company to Vee Corp. to the Olympics.

He has composed and arranged music for a wide variety of television including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live! with Regis and Kelly (ABC), Jackee (NBC), Charles in Charge (Universal), Fame (MGM-TV), A Special Olympics Tribute with Cliff Robertson (ESPN), The Megan Mullally Show (NBC Universal), and Car Crazy (Speed Network).

Bret has been a staff songwriter for a variety of music publishers, including EMI Music Publishing, Al Gallico Music Corp., and Famous Music Corp. Recordings of his work have been released on CBS/SONY records and Walt Disney Records. He also works as a Music Director for The Walt Disney Company.

DavidDavid Howard (Book and Lyrics)

While his most visible credit is DreamWork’s major feature film Galaxy Quest (Story and Screenplay credit), David has also worked in television, and live theatre. Falling for Eve (lyricist, based on his play Adam Alone) appeared Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in the summer of 2010. Other credits as a lyricist include the theme song for the Disney Channel seriesZeke and Luther and Flying Heroes, an animated feature both with composer Christopher Brady. His newest collaboration (book and lyrics) with composer Bret Simmons, Changing Minds, had a workshop production in June of 2011 at the Actors Cabaret Theatre of Eugene, Oregon. Television credits include The Carver Brothers (series pilot), with Robert Deniro’s Tribeca Films for CBS (co-written with M.F. McDowell) and Dead and Breakfast (pilot) for the WB with Ron Howard’s Imagine Television. He has had plays produced by such theatres as Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Moving Arts Theatre and the Timescape Arts Group. His play Electric Roses has been published in anthologies by Samuel French Books and Smith and Kraus Publishers.

NickNick Demos (Director)

Nick Demos is an award winning director, TONY Award-winning producer, writer and creativity expert. Formerly he was the Artistic Director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma where he was honored as a “Living Treasure of the State” for his contribution to the arts. New York directing credits include Not As Cute As Picture (GLAAD Media Nomination), Spring Alive at Dixon Place, Rainbow Around the Sun at NYMF, Kids in America at the Triad. Regional credits include Debbie Gibson in Chicago, Sally Struthers in Hello, Dolly!, Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase in Oklahoma!, and The Drowsy Chaperone (B. Iden Payne and Austin Critic’s Awards for Best Direction) Film: Policy of Truth Web Series: Hag (also writer)

His company, Demos Bizar Entertainment is currently producing the London West End production of Memphis. Previous productions include Memphis on Broadway (2010 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic’s Circle Awards), its 1st National Tour, Make Me a Song Off-Broadway (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominations) and in London, Vanities, the musical Off Broadway, and the 1st National Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone.

An ERYT-500 Hathavidya yoga teacher, Nick is the executive director and leads artist retreats through the non-profit, One Healing Arts Company. He teaches in yoga teacher training programs, acting workshops and works with corporate clients leading seminars, and private coaching in wellness, mindfulness and the art of creativity.

Nick is a member of SDC (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers) and The Broadway League., Follow @nickdemos on twitter.

DannaDanna Hyams (Executive Producer)

As a founding member of City Stage Theatre, Danna became a part of the burgeoning new art scene in Downtown Los Angeles of the early 1980’s. City Stage produced a string of critically acclaimed productions, including Doggs Hamlet, Cahoots MacBeth, by Tom Stoppard, Vampire, by Snu Wilson, American Twilight, by David Mamet and new works by the company, Around The World With Winnie and Nookie, Privacy and Crashing Heaven. During this time, Danna also created the Inner City Arts Center, offering workshops in acting, writing, directing and art to members of the Skid Row Community. The group presented original work by the participants, gaining nationwide attention.

After leaving their Downtown venue, City Stage went on to produce in numerous Los Angeles theatres, including the long-running Elvis, Lies & Videotape and the award winning, Becoming Cuban, written and starring company member, Carlos Lacamara. Additionally, Danna independently produced shows, including Why We Have a Body at The Tiffany Theatre, The Akhmatova Project at The Actors Gang, Non Vital Organs at The Hudson Theatre and Idiots Delight at the Lillian Theatre.

Danna worked as a Creative Executive at New Line Cinema, where she was involved in the development of a wide range of films. She then went on to work as an independent script consultant for screenwriters and playwrights. She is currently developing and co-producing The Secret President with Kat Greene of Wonderfly Productions.

In 2004, Danna co-founded The Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles, which opened in 2006 with Brian Copeland’s acclaimed one-man show, Not A Genuine Black Man, which went on to be produced Off-Broadway. As Producing Director of The Hayworth until 2013, Danna shepherded provocative new works including The Good Steno, written, directed and starring, Paul Ben-Victor, Havana Bourgeois, starring Tony Plana and Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, directed by Paul Mazursky. Danna helped develop the acclaimed, award winning Lovelace, A Rock Opera, written by Go-Go’s member, Charlotte Caffey and Anna Waronker, which went on to be performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2010. The smash Off Broadway hit, SILENCE! The Musical, was presented at The Hayworth to critical acclaim in the fall of 2012. The Hayworth created The Bruno Kirby Celebrity Reading Series, an ongoing series of new plays starring such notable actors as Bruce Davison, Gary Cole, Carol Kane, Jerry O’Connell, Hamish Linklater, Dan Lauria, Jessica Chastane, and Wendie Mallick.

Danna is currently working with, for their new division, developing and producing original scripted audio dramas. The first production, Christmas Eve, 1914 was released in November, 2014 and two new series are planned for release in the Fall of this year.