2018 Dazzle Awards Production Team

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Rommy Sandhu

Director/Choreographer
For nearly 20 years, Rommy Sandhu has worked continuously as a director, choreographer, actor, singer, dancer, and teacher in productions encompassing Broadway, off-Broadway, national tours, regional theatre, television, film, universities, and more. Throughout his career he has worked with many of Broadway’s top directors and choreographers, including Tony Award winners Susan Stroman, Kathleen Marshall, Graciela Daniele, Matthew Bourne, George C. Wolfe, Richard Eyre, Michael Blakemore, and Trevor Nunn.

Mr. Sandhu has directed and/or choreographed numerous productions off-Broadway, at the NY Fringe Festival, for CUNY and Hofstra University, and the opening numbers of the 26th Annual Easter Bonnet and 23rd/24th Annual Gypsy of The Year competitions. He also staged the finale production number of Something Good: A Broadway Salute to Richard Rodgers on His 100th Birthday. Most recently, he was Kathleen Marshall’s Associate Director/Choreographer for the new Unsinkable Molly Brown at The MUNY. Additionally, he served as Associate Choreographer on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer on Broadway, New York City Center Encores’ Bells Are Ringing and Applause, the off-Broadway premier of The Ark at 37 ARTS, the original pre-Broadway workshop of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and regional productions of Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, and Maury Yeston’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen.

As a performer, Mr. Sandhu has appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, Oklahoma! (all as dance captain), Bombay Dreams, Annie Get Your Gun, On the Town, The Life, Sweet Charity in Concert, Children and Art, and in the first national tours of Carousel and Kiss Me, Kate (dance captain). He has also been featured on the hit television series Smash, and in multiple Tony Award and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade telecasts. As an educator, Mr. Sandhu serves as adjunct faculty for NYU’s CAP 21 program and Marymount Manhattan College’s musical theatre department, as well as being a frequent guest instructor at Broadway Dance Center and Onstage New
York.

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Dennis O'Bannion

Associate Choreographer
Dennis O'Bannion was seen on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  He toured the country with The Little Mermaid (u/s Scuttle and Chef Louis).  Regional credits included The Music Man (Carbonell Nomination, Marcellus, Maltz Jupiter Theatre), Big River (Young Fool, Sacramento Music Circus), Crazy For You (Mingo, Cape Playhouse) and Hello Dolly! (Ensemble, Paper Mill Playhouse) choreographed by Mia Michaels.  He was born and raised in Northern California where he began dancing at four and half years old.  That’s where he also met his great friend Rommy Sandhu.  He studied dance at Marymount Manhattan College and has been in NYC since 2002.

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Trad A. Burns

Lighting Designer 

Trad has been designing scenery and lighting professionally since 1989 for theatre, dance, and amusement parks. Recent designs include World Premier Ballet’s by Andrea Schermoly, Matthew Neenan, and Devon Carney’s Peter Pan for Kansas City Ballet, the Opera World Premier of The Faust Project for Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet and Louisville Orchestra. Later this season, Trad will be designing the World Premier Ballet, The Wizard of Oz, choreographed by Septime Webre and co-produced by Kansas City Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

Trad’s work has also been see at New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), The Public Theatre (NYC), La Mama ETC (NYC), HERE (NYC), Classic Stage Company (NYC), North Shore Music Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cedar Point, Valleyfair, Knott’s Berry Farm, Kings Island, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Disney Sea, Disney Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios Florida and Japan, Woodstock Ice Productions and The Family of Charles M. Schulz.

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Joel Mercier

Music Director
Joel is a New England based Director, Music Director, and Composer. No stranger to Cleveland, Mercier has been the Music Director for the Great Lakes Theater’s past musicals Hunchback of Notre Dame, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden and Les Misérables, which won the Cleveland Critics and Broadway World Cleveland Award for Best Music Director. Past orchestration, arrangement, & music direction credits include nationally recognized theaters all over the country such as the New London Barn Playhouse (NH), Northern Stage (VT), Goodspeed Opera House (CT), Center for the Arts (PA), Idaho Shakespeare Festival (ID), the Palace Theatre (NH), American Music Theatre (PA), and NYC’s Duplex, Westbeth Off-Broadway & Nokia Theatre Times Square. An award-winning composer, Mercier’s original productions & adaptations include Ghost Hunting and Lost in Wonderland (NH Theatre Factory), The Magic of Fairytales Series (Palace Theatre), Tom Sawyer (Winnipesauke Playhouse), and A Christmas Carol: A Sparkling New Musical which toured across the country in 2013. Mercier, a graduate of the Hartt School, was the Resident Music Director & Artistic Associate at the New London Barn Playhouse for six years, a Guest Artist at Dartmouth College for three, and is currently the Executive Direct at Jean's Playhouse in NH. www.joelmercier.com for more information.

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Robert Mingus

Sound Designer
Robert (Bobby) Mingus is the Director of Production here at Playhouse Square and is thrilled to be the Sound Designer for the 2018 Dazzle Awards. He’s enjoyed a 40+ year career in production and technical theater, starting as a stage manager at Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, RI, followed by a role as the Production Stage Manager at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, NY. 

Bobby moved to Cleveland in the summer of 1981 to stage manage King Lear for Great Lakes Theater before becoming the house soundman in the Connor Palace, where he mixed shows for 25 years. Bobby received his bachelor of arts from Rhode Island College and is a proud member I.A.T.S.E. #27.

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Lindsay Carter

Stage Manager
Lindsay is a Cleveland, OH based Stage Manager, Tour Manager, and Production Manager for theatre and dance. Most recent Stage Manager credits include: The Nutcracker (Ballet Hawaii), Shadowland (Pilobolus Dance Theater), The Toxic Avenger, the Musical (Cain Park, Cleveland, OH) The Illusionists (Magic Space Entertainment), Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus, Live! (Emery Entertainment), DanceWorks 2015 (Cleveland Public Theatre), Mi Muñequita (Cleveland Public Theatre), Fire on the Water (Cleveland Public Theatre), Recipe Para La Vida (Cleveland Public Theatre), The Masque (Verb Ballets), DanceWorks 2014 (Cleveland Public Theatre), The Devil’s Mus

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Julie Wagner

Assistant Stage Manager
Julie received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre degree from Siena Heights University in 2011. Happy to reprise her role as ASM for The Dazzle Awards, other credits include productions such as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Stage Manager, Francoeur Theatre), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (lights, Croswell Opera House), Hocus Pocus (sound), and most recently, she has served as Stage Manager for the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share performances for the past three seasons. Julie has also recently returned to the stage with appearances in Blank Canvas Theatre’s production of Side Show (Venus de Milo) and Aurora Community Theatre’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince). Favorite roles include Hannah in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Nancy D in A New Brain, and Lavinia in the two-part production of Mourning Becomes Electra. She has been seen on the Croswell Opera House stage in multiple productions, including A Chorus Line (u/s Kristine, Connie) and Titanic.  Julie is currently employed full-time for the Community Engagement & Education Department at Playhouse Square.