NICK KEPLEY - Director | Choreographer
Born in Asheville, NC, Nick Kepley trained with Sandra Miller and spent summers at the School of American Ballet and The Juilliard School. He has danced professionally with Ballet Austin and Kansas City Ballet performing works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Margo Sappington, among others. In his theatre career, Kepley served as dance captain in McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol and appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins and in Camelot with the New York Philharmonic, which was broadcast nationwide on PBS. His television credits include:Live with Kelly and Michael, Celebrity Apprentice, and Smash.
Kepley served as an assistant choreographer on the new Sara Bareilles musical, Waitress, which was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best New Musical. He also served as assistant choreographer on the 2013 Broadway revival of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Additional directorial and choreographic credits include: Travels with My Aunt (Assoc. Director, Off-Bway), Working (Assoc. Choreographer, Off-Broadway), Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (Asst. Choreographer),One For My Baby (Associate Choreographer, NYC Workshop), Guys and Dolls (Choreographer, Flat Rock Playhouse), Carousel (Choreographer, Asheville Lyric Opera) and Frosty the Snowman (Choreographer,Casa Manana). Kepley served as Co-Conceiver, Director and Choreographer on two evening length productions with Quixotic Performance Fusion in Kansas City, MO.
In the concert dance world, Kepley has created works for Ballet Austin II, Kansas City Ballet’s In the Wings program, BC Beat, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and Manhattan Youth Ballet. His ballet, Thrace, was selected as one of the top five performing arts events in Kansas City, MO for 2007. He has created site specific work for The Blanton Museum of Art and the Human Rights Campaign of Austin, TX.
In April 2015, Kepley premiered Season of Innocence, a 45-minute physical theatre work based on Arthur Miller’s Tony Award-winning play The Crucible created for Ballet Austin II. The work received an Austin Critic's Table Award for 'Best Choreography' and was named to 'Best of 2015' lists by both the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle.
melanie j. Comeau - Associate Director/Choreographer
From Pittsfield, MA, Melanie J. Comeau grew up training at the Albany Berkshire Ballet under the tutelage of Madeline Cantarella Culpo (Juilliard) and Dierdre Duffin Swindlehurst, touring New England with ABB's production of "The Nutcracker." After spending her senior year of high school at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, Comeau attended Harvard University, where she graduated in 2013 with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology.
In addition to her studies, Comeau danced with the Harvard Dance Department under the direction of Jill Johnson and was an inaugural member of the Harvard Dance Project, which opened Jacob's Pillow 2014 Inside/Out season. She also performed works by Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, and Aszure Barton under Ms Johnson's guidance. Additionally, she participated in more than 20 student-directed and -produced productions with the Harvard Ballet Company, Expressions Dance Company, the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and is a proud alumna of the Signet Society and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.
Since moving to New York in 2014, Comeau has had the pleasure of working with extensively with the Kuperman Brothers (both performing and as associate choregrapher) in stage and film productions alike. She has also been honored to be a member of two seasons of Josh Prince's Broadway Dance Lab, the new non-profit lab for developing dance in theater. Other noteable experiences and collaborators include: Sidney Erik Wright, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Sightline Theater, Odyssey Theater, Bennyroyce Royon Dance Productions, Eric Williams, and Mary John Frank's DEBUTAUNT.
Comeau has recently returned from China, where she helped set Broadway Asia's new, immersive Peter Pan, to perform at Madison Square Garden for Phish's New Year's Eve concert. She worked as the Kuperman Brothers' associate choreographer for both projects.
Elisabeth Svenningsen - Scenic Designer
Elisabeth Svenningsen is a scenic designer and artist who is passionate about visual storytelling and the collaborative process. Her work focuses on artistic detail and handcraft to entice, transport, and communicate with an audience.
Select Credits: The Grand Paradise (Third Rail Projects), Henry IX (Hard Four Productions), Residue (Becky Radway Dance Projects), A Bright Room Called Day (Stella Adler Studio for Acting) Meet Me in St. Louis (NYU Tisch), Genuine Plastic Reliquaries (Third Rail Projects), A Delicate Madness (Becky Radway Dance Projects), Almost, Maine (Skidmore College), Sweeney Todd (Skidmore College).
Svenningsen holds a B.S. degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College, and was a member of the Wingspace Theatrical Design Professional Mentorship Program in its inaugural year.