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
Chandon is based in Washington, D.C. and received her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University in North Carolina. Chandon is the associate choreographer on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and has worked on the production around the world with companies including the North American tour (USA and Canada), Shanghai, China and the most recent UK tour.
As a performer, Chandon appeared in the North American tour’s of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Elf the Musical, Singin’ in the Rain at The Gateway Playhouse and High School Musical 2 at The North Carolina Theatre. Most recently, Chandon worked as the associate choreographer on Vanity Fair (Shakespeare Theatre Company) and Elf the Musical (USA Tour). Chandon’s additional choreographic work includes Theatreworks USA’s Off Broadway production of Bunnicula! (associate choreographer), Skyline Theatre Company’s productions of Cabaret, Funny Girl and Dreamgirls (choreographer), Cornell University’s 150th Charter Day Celebration kicking off with a “Big Red Birthday Bash”(choreographer/director) and Tisch University’s 50th Anniversary Gala at The Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC (co-choreographer).
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 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 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
Lindsay is a Cleveland, OH based Stage Manager, Tour Manager, and Production Manager for theatre and dance. Most recent Stage Manager credits include: What Do You Do With an Idea? Tour (Inlet Dance Theatre), The Dazzle Awards (Playhouse Square), What Do You Do With an Idea? (Inlet Dance Theatre), 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 Music: The Life and Times of Bessie Smith (Cleveland Play House),and A Carol for Cleveland (Cleveland Play House).
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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.
Mileena received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Management and Technical Theatre from Cleveland State University in 2018. This is her third year as Production Assistant for the Dazzle Awards, and she couldn’t be happier to be back. Recent credits include Assistant Stage Manager for Playhouse Square’s Disney Musicals in Schools: Student Share, Spot Operator for Great Lakes Theater’s production of The Taming of Shrew, Lighting Design and Stage Manager for Clague Playhouse’s Red Barn Youth Theatre. Her passion lies in Arts Education which lead her towards becoming a Teaching Artist at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, OH and Fine Arts Association in Willoughby, OH. Mileena is currently the Operations Supervisor of Characters and Special Events at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, where she previously worked four seasons as a Live Entertainment Technician, most recently working the Celebrate 150 Spectacular Parade and Night Show. For Dad, always.