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We are a not-for-profit performing arts center who presents and produces a wide variety of quality performing arts, advances arts education and creates a neighborhood that is a superior destination for entertainment, business and residential living, thereby strengthening the economic vitality of the region.

The Stage

Presenting and producing a variety of the finest entertainment for the betterment of the community. more

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A national leader in engaging the community through enriching experiences in the performing arts. more

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Performing Arts Center

A not-for-profit that must raise over $4 million dollars annually to continue improving the region's quality of life. more

2017 Dazzle Awards Production Team

Trad A. Burns 


Lighting Designer 

TRAD BURNS has been designing lighting professionally since 1989 for theater, dance and amusement parks. Recent designs include the US premiere of Eros Redux for Annabella Lopez Ochoa, the company premiere of The Sleeping Beauty for Kansas City Ballet, the world premiere of Cut to the Chase, choreographed by Adam Hougland, the regional premiere of The Bridges of Madison County at Lakeland Theatre. Upcoming designs include the regional premiere of Rock of Ages at Cain Park and Really, Really at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Trad has had the privilege of designing world premieres for such notable choreographers as Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, James Kudelka, Adam Hougland, Garrett Smith, Jessica Lang, Alejandro Cerrudo, Donald Byrd, Donald McKayle, Jodie Gates, Gina Patterson, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Kirk Peterson, Septime Webre, Victoria Morgan, Devon Carney, Viktor Kabaniaev, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Robert Curran, Viktor Plotnikov, Mauricio Wainroit, Luca Veggetti and Sarah Slipper. Over the years, his dance lighting has been seen at New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Atlanta Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Hubbard Street, BalletMet, Ballet British Columbia, Dayton Ballet, Ballet Hawaii, Verb Ballets, Inlet Dance Theatre and 16 seasons with Cincinnati Ballet.

His theater designs include works for New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, HERE, Classic Stage Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama, Beck Center for the Arts and Cain Park.

Trad spent more than 20 years designing for theme parks around the world, including Cedar Point, Knott’s Berry Farm, Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disneyland Japan, Tokyo Disney Sea and Universal Studios.

dazzle_joelmercier_2016.jpgJoel Mercier

Music Director

JOEL MERCIER is a New England based Director, Music Director, and Composer. No stranger to Cleveland, Mercier has been the Music Director for Great Lakes Theater’s past musicals 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 and 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 and Nokia Theatre Times Square. 

An award-winning composer, Mercier’s original productions and adaptations include Ghost Hunting, Lost in Wonderland and A Dragon's Tail (NH Theatre Factory); The Magic of Fairytales Series (Palace Theatre & Stockbridge 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 and Artistic Associate at the New London Barn Playhouse for six years, a Guest Artist at Dartmouth College for three, and is currently the Artistic Director of the NH Theatre Factory and Guest Director for St. Anselm’s College. 

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dazzle_maryannemorris.jpgMaryann Morris

Stage Manager
MARYANN MORRIS is a proud Clevelander, happy to return to Playhouse Square to stage manage the second annual Dazzle Awards. Other recent work includes assistant stage managing for the Cleveland Play House on How I Learned to Drive and The Good Peaches, stage managing A Christmas Story, My Mother Has 4 Noses with Jonatha Brooke, ongoing collaborations with Eric Schmiedl’s stage adaptation of the graphic novel Incognegro by Mat Johnson, and Havana Hop with Paige Hernandez.

125x150_dazzleawards_rommy17.jpgRommy Sandhu

ROMMY SANDHU has been directing, choreographing and performing across the country for 20+ years, including serving as Dance Captain to Tony Award-winning director/choreographers Susan Stroman, Kathleen Marshall and Matthew Bourne. In New York City, Rommy has directed and/or choreographed Make Mine Manhattan (Connelly Theater), How Now Dow Jones (Minetta Lane), Platinum (Lucille Lortel), The Adventures of Jack Price (The Corrican Theater), opening numbers for the Gypsy of The Year and Easter Bonnet benefits, and the finale of Something Good: A Broadway Salute to Richard Rodgers on His 100th Birthday (Gershwin Theatre). Additionally, he was Associate Choreographer for Broadway’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (starring Kristen Bell), the pre-Broadway workshops of Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Billy Joel Songbook, as well as City Center’s productions of Bells are Ringing and Applause, and Associate Director on Little Shop of Horrors (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene). Selected as a Dancebreak “Choreographer to Watch,” Rommy’s regional directing and choreography credits include the US regional premieres of Mary Poppins and Sister Act, additionally Ragtime, The Pajama Game, Singing in the Rain, Denver Center Theater Company’s Unsinkable Molly Brown (Associate Director/Choreographer to Kathleen Marshall), Delaware Theater Company’s production of Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow’s DINER the Musical (Associate Director/Choreographer to Kathleen Marshall) and the world premieres of Gershwin’s Fascinatin’ Rhythm (Hartford Stage) and Maury Yeston’s Hans Christian Anderson. 

As a performer, his extensive Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, Bombay Dreams, Oklahoma!, On The Town, The Life, Sweet Charity in Concert, A Christmas Carol, Sondheim 75, Annie Get Your Gun (w/ Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntyre), and the national tours of Carousel, Kiss Me Kate, Evita, and Dreamgirls (starring Jennifer Holliday). On television he has appeared on SMASH, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The View, and numerous Tony Awards shows, to name a few. He is currently on the Musical Theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College as well as ONSTAGE New York. Rommy’s knowledge and passion for the American Musical art form, combined with his extensive training and experience, gives him a unique perspective on how the worlds of dance and theater combine. He lives in New York with his wife, Ellery, and their three children. 
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125x150_dazzleawards_daryl17.jpgDaryl Getman

Associate Choreographer
DARYL GETMAN just finished dancing with the original cast of Trip of Love at Stage 42 in NYC. Creative credits include: Associate Director for An American Christmas Carol at Carnegie Hall, Hunchback of Notre Dame (Assoc. Choreographer/Tuacahn), Disney’s When You Wish (Asst. Director/Choreographer), PBS’s Buttons w/ Dick Van Dyke (Choreographer/Assoc. Director), Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice a Musical world premiere (Asst. Choreographer), A Christmas Rose at Carnegie Hall (Asst. Director), ABC’s Cougar Town (Choreographer) and Buddy Holly Story (Choreographer). Performance credits include Trip of Love (NYC and Japan), Jimmy Kimmel Live, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, National Tours and more: 


headshot-dazzleawards-juliewagner17.jpgJulie Wagner 

Assistant Stage Manager
In 2011, Julie received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre degree from Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. 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. In addition to performing on stage, Julie loves being behind the scenes and has worked on 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); Macbeth (set design/build); Hocus Pocus (sound); and has most recently stage managed for the Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share performances here at Playhouse Square. She is currently employed full-time for the Community Engagement & Education Department at Playhouse Square, but is thrilled for the opportunity to return backstage as ASM for the 2017 Dazzle Awards.