Todd Loyd (born December 20, 1975) is an American theatre director, actor, teacher, artistic director, and entrepreneur (Not to be confused with Todd Loyd actor/author.)
Loyd attended the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (BFA) and Touro College (MA in Early Childhood and Special Education). His assisting credits on Broadway include Baz Luhrmann's "La Boheme" (2002) and "The Color Purple" (2005). He has worked at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, New York Musical Theatre Festival, National Alliance for Musical Theatre and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
He served as the Producing Artistic Director of Sonnet Repertory Theatre. At present, he works with nursery school children in New York City and hosts the Little Kids, Big Hearts podcast in partnership with Noggin and Sparkler Learning. The podcast can help parents and educators introduce big topics in social and emotional learning to their children and explores what it means to have a big heart and how to grow one with episodes focused on identity, friendship, and standing up for others.
Through Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Loyd has worked with Christine Baranski, Susan Blackwell, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jeff Bowen, Tituss Burgess, Kerry Butler, Jason Robert Brown, Michael Cerveris, Olympia Dukakis, William Finn, Stephen Flaherty, Adam Guettel, Victor Garber, Jonathan Groff, Ethan Hawke, Megan Hilty, Hal Holbrook, Cheyenne Jackson, Brian d'Arcy James, Carol Kane, Tom Kitt, Kevin Kline, Henry Krieger, Linda Lavin, Robert Sean Leonard, Robert Lopez, Patti LuPone, Jerry Mitchell, Terrence Mann, Alan Menken, Lou Meyers, David Miller, Julia Murney, Marsha Norman, Manu Narayan, Mandy Patinkin, David Rasche, Chita Rivera, Duncan Sheik, David Shire, Julie Taymor, Alfred Uhry, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and Alfre Woodard. Sonnet Repertory Theatre's advisory board includes Paul Barnes, Gary Beach, William Cantler, Gerald Freedman, Peter Hedges, Joe Mantello, Jack O’Brien, Mary-Louise Parker, Bernard Telsey, and Celia Weston.
Hairspray is an American musical with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, with a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on John Waters's 1988 film of the same name. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, the production follows teenage Tracy Turnblad's dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show's integration.
Kendra Kassebaum is an American theatre actress, who has performed in many different musicals, and is perhaps best remembered for playing the role of Glinda in the first national tour, Broadway, and San Francisco casts of the blockbuster musical Wicked.
Rinne Groff is an American playwright and performer.
Emily Skinner, also known as Emily Scott Skinner, is a Tony-nominated American stage actor and singer. She has played leading roles in such Broadway productions as Prince of Broadway, The Cher Show, Side Show, Jekyll & Hyde, James Joyce's The Dead, The Full Monty, Dinner at Eight, Billy Elliot, as well as the Actor's Fund Broadway concerts of Dreamgirls and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She has sung on concert stages around the world and on numerous recordings.
Jonathan Drew Groff is an American actor and singer. He began his career on Broadway, rising to prominence for his portrayal of Melchior Gabor in the original production of Spring Awakening (2006-2008), for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He returned to Broadway to portray King George III in the original production of Hamilton (2015), for which he earned a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
The Kevin Kline Awards were started in 2006, to recognize outstanding achievement in professional theatre in the Greater St. Louis area. The awards are sponsored by PTAC, the Professional Theatre Awards Council, and were named in honor of Kevin Kline, a St. Louis native who has been the recipient of both Tony and Academy Awards.
Gideon Glick is an American actor. His Broadway work includes the role of Ernst in the musical Spring Awakening, Jimmy-6 in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Jordan Berman in Significant Other, and most recently Dill Harris in Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. His film and TV work includes Ocean's 8, The Detour, Devious Maids, and Alfie in the fourth season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Lisa Brescia is an American musical theatre actress who has performed as lead and understudy in several Broadway shows. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she went on to pursue acting and graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She taught Acting I and IV at Missouri State University and is now set to be the head of the Musical Theatre department at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.
Catch Me If You Can is a musical drama with a libretto by Terrence McNally and a theatrical score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. It follows the story of a con artist named Frank Abagnale. A majority of the plot is borrowed from the 2002 film of the same name, which in turn was based on the 1980 autobiography of the same name by Abagnale and Stan Redding.
Sharon Langston Ott is a director, producer and educator who worked in regional theaters and opera throughout the United States. Two plays she directed, A Fierce Longing and Amlin Gray's How I Got That Story, each won an Obie award after their New York runs.
Erin Ashley Mackey is an American stage actress and singer, known for playing the role of Glinda in the Chicago, Los Angeles, Broadway, and Second National Tour productions of the musical Wicked. She was also a double in 1998's The Parent Trap.
Ashley Austin Morris is an American comedian, playwright, and stage, television, and film actress. She is best known for her role as Francine Carruthers in the revival of the PBS Kids children's series The Electric Company, which ran from 2009 to 2011.
Adam Riegler is an American actor.
Jacob Clemente is an American actor and dancer. He is best known for his portrayal of "Billy" in the Broadway production of Billy Elliot: The Musical.
"Never Give All the Heart" is an original song introduced in the first episode of the first season of the musical TV series Smash, titled "Pilot".
Jordan Harrison is a playwright. He grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington. His play Marjorie Prime was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Bombshell is an American musical with book by Patrik Komljenović, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman based on the original fictitious musical from the first season of the NBC television series Smash. The songs include soulful jazz anthems and upbeat pop songs. Bombshell is the life story of Marilyn Monroe. It tells the story of the aspiring starlet who transforms herself into a worldwide sex symbol, including her early life and her alleged affair with American President John F. Kennedy. Despite the same name, and subject matter, this musical from SMASH is unrelated to the Off-Broadway musical from 2001 which ran at the Grove Street Playhouse.
Jennifer Leigh Warren is an American stage, television, film, and voice-over actress/singer who first came to the world's attention for her work in professional musical theater. She is best known for originating the role of Crystal in the Howard Ashman /Alan Menken hit musical Little Shop of Horrors, for her performance in the original Broadway cast of the Michael John LaChiusa musical Marie Christine and for her show stopping performance in the role of Alice's Daughter in the original Broadway musical "Big River" with the song "How Blest We Are" written especially for her by Roger Miller.
Renee Brna is an American actress and singer. Brna is best known as Meg in the 1st national Broadway tour of Little Women the musical starring Maureen McGovern with Autumn Hurlbert as Beth, Katie Fisher as Jo and Gwen Hollander as Amy. She went on to understudy the leading role of Young Alex/Aaron Ashbrook and Young Thomas Ledbury in the 2007 London transfer to Broadway Coram Boy at the Imperial Theatre. Under the direction of Melly Still the production garnered six Tony Award nominations.
George Dyer is a British musical director, supervisor and orchestrator.