Dazzle Awards Production Team

Connor Gallagher


Connor is a New York-based director, choreographer, and dance educator. He is best known for choreographing the world-wide musical phenomenon Beetlejuice, which recently reopened on Broadway. Connor also choreographed the Korean language production, with forthcoming productions in Australia, London’s West End, and a US National Tour. Connor received the Astaire Award for his work on The Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of The Robber Bridegroom, directed by Alex Timbers. Other notable recent work includes a new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast for Disney Creative Entertainment running aboard the Disney Dream; the world-premiere stage adaptation of Disney’s Tangled; Robert Schenkkan and Neil Berg’s The Twelve (Denver Center); the HIFA Festival in Zimbabwe; Found (Philadelphia Theatre Company), 13 North American companies of ELF; music videos for artists Vincint and Tank and the Bangas and pieces for Goodspeed Musicals, The Public Theatre, Theatreworks USA, Buck County Playhouse, Lincoln Center, Papermill Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, ACT, Playhouse Square, and Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC.

Connor is currently developing several musicals, for both Broadway and internationally stages is a frequent guest teacher at Broadway Dreams. He graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory and was recently honored with the 2021 Young Alumni Award. He is a former competitive gymnast and made his Broadway debut as a performer in the final company of Beauty and the Beast. IG: @connorga. www.connorgallagher.com 

Katie Johannigman

Associate Choreographer

Katie just completed serving five years on faculty in the Musical Theatre Department at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. At CCM, in addition to directing and choreographing productions, she also taught Tap, Jazz and will continue to produce The Senior Showcase.

Choreography/Directing credits include: Oklahoma! (MacHaydn Theater), Bernstein's Mass (Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Shrek (Connecticut Repertory Theater), Lizzie and Mame (The Human Race Theater), Jesus Christ Superstar (Clinton Showboat Theater), Into the Woods (The Carnegie Theater) Santa Claus (Cincinnati Children's Theater). Bright Star, 42nd Street, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Pippin, Sondheim On Sondheim, Candide, The Theory Of Relativity, and Godspell at CCM. Katie served as the Resident Choreographer of the St. Louis MUNY for their 2020 virtual season.

Katie served as the Tap Consultant for the Public Theater's production of Soft Power, written by Janine Tesori and David Henry Hwang. Select performing credits include National Tour of Oliver!, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Pirates! at The MUNY, The Light In The Piazza, Elf and Anything Goes at Lincolnshire Marriott, Mary Poppins at Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Company at The Gallery Players, and Cats and Chicago at the West Virginia Public Theatre.

Recently she served as Artistic Director at Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield, CT, and recently taught at the Poly WeDo Academy in Beijing, China. Katie also teaches masterclasses around the country including Interlochen Arts Camp, Broadway Dreams Foundation, and the MUNY. Katie is a certified Tap Teacher with the American Tap Dance Foundation, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, as well as Second City in Chicago. Katie is a member of Actor's Equity Association.

Joel Mercier

Music Director

Joel is a New England based Director, Music Director, and Composer. No stranger to Cleveland, Mercier spent four years with Great Lakes Theater, musically directing their productions of The 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 Producing Artistic Director at North Country Center for the Arts Jean's Playhouse in NH. He is very excited to be back in Cleveland, having musically directed all the Dazzle Awards shows since its very beginning. www.joelmercier.com 

Richard B. Ingraham

Sound Designer

Richard is a freelance Sound Designer, teacher, and AV Systems Designer. Richard recently designed sound for The Choir of Man Afterparty at Playhouse Square and has worked at numerous theatres, schools and attractions throughout the US including: Ashland University, Beck Center for the Arts, Baldwin–Wallace University, Cain Park, Carnegie-Mellon University,  Chagrin Falls Performing Arts Academy, The Cleveland Play House, The Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland State University, Dobama Theatre, The University of Evansville, Great Lakes Theater, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Jewish Community Center of Cleveland, Oberlin College and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Richard is also a consultant on the construction and renovations of theatres and to award winning software companies that create products for live event production including Stage Research and Richmond Sound Design.

Annie Garrett-Larsen

Lighting Designer

Annie is a lighting designer based in New York City. She is thrilled to be returning to Cleveland, where her design work has been seen at Cleveland Play House (CWRU/CPH MFA Program, The New Ground Theatre Festival, & CPH Academy). Select designs have been seen at Chautauqua Theater Company, Detroit Public Theater, Ars Nova, HERE Arts Center, Judson Memorial Church, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Tank, The Wild Project, and many additional venues in NYC. Education: Bard College, B.A. in Theater & Performance. anniegarrett-larsen.com

Jack-Anthony Ina

Stage Manager

Jack-Anthony Ina is a director, designer, and stage manager with over 250 credits. His recent work has been seen in Atlanta, New York City, and throughout Northeast Ohio. He is a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Recent Credits: Motown (Production Manager and Lighting Designer), Sister Act (Lighting Designer), Ghost the Musical (Production Stage Manager), A Soulful Christmas (Production Manager and Lighting Designer), The Wild Party (Production Stage Manager), Sweeney Todd (Choreographer and Lighting Designer), Sweet Charity (Associate Producer and Lighting Designer), The Sound of Music (Production Stage Manager and Props Designer), The Lightning Thief (Scenic/Lighting/Props Designer and Production Coordinator), The Color Purple (Lighting Designer), Stepp Stewart’s One Night at the Disco (Associate Director and Lighting Designer), Kinky Boots (Lighting/Video Designer), Disney’s Newsies (Director and Music Director/Conductor), Secrets at 54 Below (Director), Cinderella (Lighting Designer), Kinky Boots (Production Stage Manager), The Scottsboro Boys (Production Stage Manager), and Be More Chill (Production Stage Manager). @jackanthonyina

Julie Wagner

Julie C. Okuley

Assistant Stage Manager

Julie received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre degree from Siena Heights University in 2011. Back to reprise her role as ASM for the Dazzle Awards, other stage management credits include The River Bride (Cleveland Public Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire and Bright Ideas (The Brecksville Theatre), Bloody, Little Pieces (Blank Canvas Theatre), Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share (Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square 2016-18) and others. Julie has also most recently returned to the stage with appearances in Lakeland Theatre’s If/Then (u/s Kate) and Blank Canvas Theatre’s productions of We Will Rock You (ensemble). 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 Education Department at Playhouse Square.