AUSTIN COOK - Accompanist
Favorite acting credits: 1st National Tour Million Dollar Quartet (Jerry Lee Lewis, tour music director), Putting It Together (music director, man 4)*Jeff Award Nomination Music Direction, Hank Williams: Lost Highway (Hoss), Some Enchanted Evening (music director/pianist)*Jeff Award Music Direction. Favorite Music Director/Conductor credits: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Piano/Conductor)*Jeff Award Winner Artistic Specialization, 1st National Tour Million Dollar Quartet, Days Like Today at Writers Theater, Rooms: A Rock Romance, Porchlight Theatre, Theo Ubique, Second City. Music Producer credits: Billy Woodward, John Michael Presney, Billy Woodward & The Senders, Yuleberrys & Friends, Cody Slaughter. Austin's work has been heard across the country as a performer, producer, composer, musician and music director. Austin’s most recently produced album won the Independent Music Award for Best Roots EP. Austin is a proud ensemble member of American Blues Theater and Artistic Affiliate of Porchlight Music Theatre.
DONALD NOLAN - Music, Book & Lyrics
Don is grateful for the privilege of presenting Bran Castle as part of Porchlight Music Theater's Off the Porch new musical series and thankful to all those creative and dedicated individuals who a have come together to make this reading possible. From its first reading in Los Angeles 2014 to recent workshops in New York, Bran Castle has come to life as its characters, songs and story have been nurtured by artists whose input has been invaluable. While professionally this writer is first a trial lawyer, the process by which a musical comes to stage remarkably parallels the time commitment, uncertainty, expense, teamwork, consultation and dedication needed to bring a significant case to trial before a jury of twelve. The size of the audience may be greater in theater, but the verdicts of each tell the tale. Don has a degree in Business communications from Elmhurst College and a juris doctorate from DePaul University.
SCOTT WEINSTEIN - Director
Scott is a Jeff Award winning director currently based in Chicago. Favorite directing credits include Rent (Theo Ubique, Jeff Award – Best Director, Best Musical); Titanic (Jeff Nominated - Best Director, Best Musical), Bat Boy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Griffin Theatre); She Kills Monsters (Steppenwolf Theatre); Seussical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Million Dollar Quartet (Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival); Princess & The Pea and the world premiere of Cinderella… After the Ball (Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre); Charlottes Web (Drury Lane Theatre); the world premieres of Baristas (New York International Fringe Festival) and Ampersand (Bloomington Playwrights Project); as well as the first full productions of Murder For Two (Adirondack Theatre Festival, Hangar Theatre, 42nd Street Moon). He is a company member with Redtwist Theatre where he has directed All-American and The Drawer Boy. Scott is the recipient of a Berkshire Theatre Festival Directing Fellowship and a Stage Directors and Choreographers Observership. He is the Associate Director for the National Tour, Las Vegas, Chicago and Norwegian Cruise Line productions of Million Dollar Quartet and directed the first regional production currently running at the Lawrence Welk Theatre. He has assistant or associate directed at The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and many more. Scott is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and member of SDC. www.ScottGWeinstein.com
MICHAEL WEBER - Artistic Director, Porchlight Music Director
Michael previously served as artistic director for the inaugural season of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (now The Broadway Playhouse) and at Theatre at the Center (1998-2004). His productions of Sweeney Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pal Joey, Assassins and Side Show at Porchlight Music Theatre, Grand Hotel at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and She Loves Me at Theatre at the Center were each nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production-Musical. Directing credits include Living the History-125 Years of The Auditorium Theatre starring Patti LuPone, John Mahoney, Fifth of July and Talley’s Folly at the Oak Park Festival Theatre,The Petrified Forest at Theatre at the Center, Beauty and the Beast at Marriott Theatre, Over the River and Through the Woods at The Mercury Theater, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Pheasant Run Theatre, and Cirque du Symphony at Sears Center Arena. The recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards, he has written and directed the past nine Joseph Jefferson Awards ceremonies. Weber’s regional acting credits include Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy (both starring Patti LuPone) at Ravinia, Disney’s My Son Pinocchio at First Stage Milwaukee, Around the World in 80 Days at Cleveland Playhouse, The Winter’s Tale and Henry V at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, It Had To Be You (starring Cindy Williams and Eddie Mekka) at Little Theatre on the Square, Angel Street at First Folio Shakespeare, and The Gifts of the Magi at Indiana Repertory. Weber is proud to serve as a pledge host on WTTW, Channel 11, and he is author of the play, WAR of the WELLES.