About the Team

Dani Tapper – Creator, composer/lyricist, co-writer

Dani (Benson) Tapper graduated the TISCH School of the Arts at NYU in 1995 with a BFA in Film/TV Production.   After leaving NY in 1997 she began  a carer in Cleveland, OH as an award winning children’s performer performing under the stage name, Dani B.  Her two original CD’s, Me and You and Life is Sweet won several national awards.  In Cleveland, Dani also established her own program of children’s music and theatre classes and was an active member on the Board of the Heights Youth Theatre, the longest running children’s theatre in the country.

In 2009, Dani moved with her husband and three children to Philadelphia, PA where she continued to perform her children’s music shows.  She also was the composer/lyricist for the original musical, Class Reunion.  Dani is presently working on her second musical, Brilliant, of which she is the composer/lyricist and co-writer.  In 2018, Dani established the Lower School Musical theatre program at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr where she is currently the director.

Philip Brown, Co-Writer

Phillip Sean Brown is currently the Director of Theater at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr PA. Several of his students have gone on to study at Julliard, NYU TISCH, Michigan, and many other distinguished acting conservatories in the US and abroad. Before starting his acting studio, The Ambler Actors Studio, just outside of Philadelphia, he was the dialogue coach and ‘punch-up’ writer on the hit Original Series Disney shows “That’s so Raven” and “Cory in the House”.  Phillip wrote and co-created the hit Hip-Hop musical, “The Last Jimmy” with Dice Raw from the Legendary Roots Crew that is currently touring major cities in the US. His most recent musical, that he co-created with Dice Raw, entitled “Box” is the narrative of Henry Box Brown, is about a slave who mailed himself from Virginia to freedom in Philadelphia. It will make its world premiere at The New Freedom Theater in Philadelphia PA in the winter of 2018. Phillip has optioned screen plays in Hollywood and was also was co-creator and head writer for a live Inter-active Entertainment News/Music Video show for the Black Entertainment Network (BET) entitled AM@BET in 2000 which was BET’s first full live hour TV show.

Director – Megan O’Brien

Megan is a University of the Arts Alumna and a three-time Barrymore nominee. Directing credits include: Blues in the Night and The Bomb-itty of Errors (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (11th Hour/Theatre Horizon), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Barrymore Nomination), Reefer Madness (11th Hour/Montgomery Theater), Rent (11th Hour Theatre Company/MPIRP at Drexel University), The Marvelous Wonderettes, Rooms, Avenue X (Barrymore Nomination), The Bomb-itty of Errors (Barrymore Nomination), tick, tick…BOOM!, (all for 11th Hour Theatre Company), The Irish…and How They Got That Way (Walnut Street Theatre/The Kimmel Center), John and Jen (Act II Playhouse), High Fidelity (University of the Arts), and Adding Machine: A Musical (University of the Arts.) Megan has assisted such directors as Mark Clements, Aaron Posner, Walter Dallas, Richard Parison, Jr., Joe Calarco, and Pam MacKinnon. Megan has served as a teaching artist for 11th Hour Theatre Company, the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, and Theatre Horizon. She also teaches drama to adults coping with autism

Jason Neri – Musical Director

Jason Neri works extensively in the tri-state area as a Music/Vocal Director and Accompanist.  Favorite past productions include: THE LAST FIVE YEARS, GODSPELL (Barrymore Nominated for Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical), JOHN & JEN, ROCK OF AGES, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, BONNIE & CLYDE, TICK TICK BOOM, RENT, TOMMY, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, BABY, SONG OF SINGAPORE, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH.  Be here now!

CAST:

SARAH:  Kimberly Suskind

JAKE:      Zach Chiero

KAT:        Rebecca Stern

ADAM:    Jackson Preisser

MEAGAN:   Cindy Chait

JULIE:        Maria Panvini

DOCTOR:     Tim Rerucha