BRETT SCHRIER (Music): Brett Schrier has an extensive musical theatre resume which includes: composing, musical directing, conducting, vocal coaching, acting and directing. Brett grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan and was inspired by the arts at a young age. Although no one in his family is “musical” or “theatrical,” he has always known that his life would be dedicated to the artistic world.

After spending his childhood years as a performer, Brett attended The Boston Conservatory, where he pioneered a program and graduated with an individualized degree in Musical Direction for the Musical Theatre. Since graduation, Brett has worked in venues across the world as an accomplished pianist, music director, and conductor. Some of his most recent credits include: I Love You…You’re Perfect…Now Change, 42nd Street (National Tour), Hairspray (National Tour), Les Miserables, Cats, Miss Saigon, The Will Rogers Follies, Fiddler On The Roof, Beauty And The Beast, and A Chorus Line. As a stage director, his work has come to life at some of the most reputable regional theatres throughout the country and includes: The Fantasticks, Grease, and Forever Plaid.

Brett’s musical arrangements are frequently heard in public performances and recordings across the world. He has conceived and arranged numerous cabarets and concerts, and his work is continually performed at distinguished New York City venues including: Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The Duplex, and The Knitting Factory. Brett also serves as Music Director for Broadway In South Africa, and spends a great deal of time educating young musicians around the globe.

He currently resides in New York City, where he continues to compose original music, in addition to working as a private vocal coach to some of Broadway’s most gifted stars. Brett is a proud member of ASCAP, The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Brett has always believed that art has the ability to change the world and is meant to be shared. He is thrilled to add his original musical compositions for Take Two: Your Second Chance Is Waiting to the musical theatre repertoire.

For more information, check out www.brettschrier.com

CATHERINE DOHERTY (Book/Lyrics) Catherine Doherty has been working professionally for nearly thirty years as an actor, director, stage manager, acting coach and producer. Catherine grew up just outside of Washington, DC in Silver Spring, MD as the middle child in a family of seven (she is still recovering). Her parents were and still are avid patrons of the arts and instilled in her a passion and drive to invest and participate in the cultural community.

Catherine holds an MFA in Performance from the University of Georgia and an MFA in Film Direction from the American Film Institute. While at the University of Georgia, she wrote, directed and produced a one act play, Margaret to critical success. And while at the American Film Institute, she wrote and shot three short videos, Still Life, Brute and Shooter. Her thesis film, Family Portrait, received the prestigious Ida Lupino Award for Outstanding Film Direction from the Director's Guild of America.

Currently, Catherine is the Producing Director at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vermont, a LORT D non-profit professional regional theatre. There, she has established herself as a critically and publicly acclaimed director, with such works as The Crucible and I Am My Own Wife (both co-directed with Brooke Ciardelli, Artistic Director at Northern Stage), a sample of other directorial credits at Northern Stage: The Year of Magical Thinking, The Elephant Man, Doubt, A Chorus Line, Lend Me A Tenor, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change!, Of Mice and Men, Private Lives. She previously directed Spitfire Grill and Stones In His Pockets among others, at St. Michael's Playhouse. Catherine's New York credits include co-producing several Off-Broadway productions with Padua Playwrights and random.acts theatre co. She was the Assistant Director and Production Stage Manager of the Lincoln Center production of Normal Heart. Catherine has worked with numerous theater companies, including Paper Mill Playhouse (Milburn, NJ) and The John F. Kennedy Center.

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