Open Mic Night

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James Ball

James began writing songs in his teens and his first musical was premiered at the University of York in 2011. Named ‘Red Snow’, this full-length piece examined the hardship of life in Russia under Stalin. His second show was The Cream Tea Conspiracy, a 15-minute musical farce as a father-daughter team of Cornish Separatists petition the IOC to allow Truro to host the next Olympic Games. Bang Out Of Line, James’ current show has received workshop performances at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Covent Garden, and at the Guildford Fringe Festival. It retells the Othello story from Iago’s point of view, set in modern-day Manchester amongst riotous teens. James has also worked as a Musical Director, with credits including ‘The Blues Brothers – Live!’ with Hartshorn+Hook Productions at many Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. He is currently Assistant MD for the West End Gospel Choir and the British Methodist Youth Choir.


David Cooke

Born and bred in Belfast, David-John Cooke graduated from Keele University in 2011 with 1st Class Honours in English & Music before undertaking the MA Musical Theatre programme at Goldsmiths College, where he passed with a Merit. As a writer and composer his credits include A Day in July (George Wood Theatre), The Queen of Hearts (workshop production, Tristan Bates Theatre) and Sequins and Shotguns, which he also directed (Keele University). David is also an aspiring novelist and is completing the final draft of his first novel. He looks forward to playing a part within this years From Page to Stage festival and bringing his work before a new audience.


Theo Jamieson

Theo is a composer and pianist working in London. Recently his work has been performed at Kings Place and The Shaw Theatre, and future performances include collaborations with the English National Ballet orchestra at the Barbican. Since graduating in July 2013 Theo has been the musical director for Putting It Together at the St James Theatre and held the keyboard chair for The Color Purple at The Menier Chocolate Factory. Theo also coaches musical theatre performance at ArtsEd. Accolades whilst studying composition and piano at Trinity College of Music include the John Halford prize for piano composition and the Principals award. Theo has since completed the course in Musical Direction at the Royal Academy of Music under Nicholas Skilbeck, Mark Warman and David White.


Tarek Merchant

Tarek holds a Starred First Class Degree in Music from York University and a First Class Degree in Actor-Musicianship from Rose Bruford College. He works professionally as a composer, MusicalDirector and Actor. His theatre credits include working as Show MD on the multi-Olivier-Awardnominated West End revival of Sunset Boulevard, Assistant Musical Director on Chess the Musical for its No 1 UK tour and residency at the Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto, and currently asAssociate MD on the UK tour of Fiddler on the Roof starring Paul Michael Glaser and directed byCraig Revel-Horwood. Tarek’s composing credits include work for BBC Radio 4, a number ofregional theatre productions and various projects for Youth Music Theatre UK. His song Under theFake Mistletoe was recently selected as winner of the Stephen Sondeim Society’s 2013competition for a new Christmas song and was performed in concert at London’s Leicester SquareTheatre in December.


Alisa Bair (Co-Bookwriter/Lyricist and Composer)

Alisa is a graduate of East Carolina University’s School of Music and New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Her music and words have been published by Columbia Pictures Publications, CPP/Belwin, Hope Publishing, Heritage Music Press, Guideposts and Good Books (with foreign translations). She is the composer of the musical, OtroPlaneta (Kristin Page Stuart, Bookwriter/Lyricist), and composer and co-bookwriter/lyricist of the musical, Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman on Paper (Dina Gregory, Co-Bookwriter/Lyricist), which had its premiere production with OperaLancaster (Pa.). She is also librettist for The Lost Son, (Neal S. Harnly, composer), commissioned by Soli Deo Gloria, which had its world premiere with the renowned Indianapolis Children’s Choir. She is currently writing a musical and a play about grief: Good Mourning, and A Table for Two. The composer is a member of Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.


Dina Soraya Gregory: (Bookwriter/Lyricist)

Dina is a graduate of Oxford University and NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. She is bookwriter and lyricist for the musicals In Nomine Amoris (Vivian Ellis Prize, 1997), Willy & Rupert (O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, 2005), Falling (Chang Jak Factory competition winner, 2009, Daegu International Musical Festival participant, 2010, NAMT showcase participant, 2010) and Georgia O’Keeffe: A Woman on Paper, which enjoyed a sold out production by OperaLancaster in Pennsylvania. She is currently completing the lyrics for a musical adaptation of the film Roseanna’s Grave and developing an ambitious epic-fantasy musical entitled LadyLongarms, both with her twin sister, British singer-songwriter and composer Rosabella Gregory. Dina also pens lyrics for choral music, with composer Alisa Bair (published by Heritage Music Press) and for many of the songs performed by Rosabella (most recently at the St. James theatre in London).


Tamar Broadbent

Tamar Broadbent is an actress, writer and musical comedy artist who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. In 2013 she performed her debut solo show, ALMOST EPIC, at the Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at The Leicester Square Theatre. A classical and jazz pianist with DipABRSM, Tamar began her career in composing at the age of 12, when her first song ‘Lucy’ received an honorary mention in the UK Songwriting Contest (2004). In 2006 she recorded an album with Rococo Music Ltd, and gigged regularly around Surrey and South London in her teenage years. At Bristol University, where she studied English, Tamar wrote and directed her first musical Pierced. The comedy was called an ‘exceptional emerging musical’ after a showcase in London last April. ‘17 Drafts’, the show’s signature song, won Runner-Up Prize and received a Special Commendation in the Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Award. Her second musical, The List, is also in development.