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Art’s Administrator, Director, Producer, Coordinator, Boss

The JUILLIARD SCHOOL – AMERICAN OPERA CENTER

As Director of Juilliard’s Opera Center Rehearsal Department, in Lincoln Center, it was my shared mission to launch careers by giving post-graduate vocal students the opportunity to perform in mounted, full-scale productions of opera in the 1500-seat Juilliard Theatre — directed and conducted by established, celebrated artists. To this end, I was responsible for holding initial auditions and interviews of all prospective members of this advanced opera production program.  In addition, it was often my responsibility to give our singers dramatic coaching in their roles and redirect certain scenes. 

 

NYC On-Camera PRODUCING DIRECTOR:

As the co-owner of Show-People Enterprises, New York, New York, I directed individual promotional commercials. In their search for quality professional talent, the videos I directed were viewed by NYC Casting Directors, Talent Agents, Managers, and other casting professionals, in the SPE upper Westside Manhattan studio.  As the marketing branch of The MBR Group, Show-People also specialized in discovering, developing & showcasing the original works of lesser known playwrights.  

 

ARTISTIC/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

The MBR Group continues to be a company of Advocates/Activists/Consultants for Political Public Relations & Events as well as Media/Performing Arts Productions. We both produce and help others to produce the highest & best quality of meaningful, timely, thought provoking and uplifting Live & On Camera Performances, as well as Political events.  In 1990 the MBR Group bought New York’s Show-People in order to add a specialization in the discovery & development of new/unpublished/unknown playwrights, resulting in the production of their original/new works.  Our projects emphasize, but are not limited to, works/productions/events that provoke political involvement and encourage a hunger for education & historical truth. My productions of Nixon and Kissinger (Playwright Russell Lees) and TIFFANY (Composer Larry Dresner and Book & Lyrics Dale Johnson), were extremely well received as major NYC Theatre launches of original works!

 

PHANTOM of THE OPERA:

As Production Stage Manager, I served as Production Chief for all technical, artistic and production staff, crew, cast of 40, and operations. During this major international tour through Portugal and Spain, each theater presented enormous production reconfiguration challenges:  to include (but not limited to) raked versus proscenium stages, necessitating cutting set wagons and drops, restaging of crucial scenes — all of which I mastered & delivered on Time, for over 200 performances! 

 

SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA:

As Coordinating Director, I coordinated 50 on-going rehearsal operations:  arranging all equipment rentals, performance spaces, dress rehearsals, including Television, Theatre, Opera & Orchestra, opening nights, audience and post-show receptions.

 

MEDIA and PERFORMING ARTS Chair:

At the Cooper School, I developed all TV & Theatre programs and served as the Creative Director, Producer and Head Writer for the original morning News program: “Global View.” In addition, as Performing Arts Director, I supervised & coordinated all TV, Theatre, Vocal Music, Orchestra & Band Programs.

Radio News Anchor – News Talk Show Host – Voiceover/Narrator
Marcello Makes Audio Work for His Clients
  • Principal Voiceover for IndieFilmMinute.com​

  • Creator & Producing Host of The Reasonable Voices Radio Podcast

  • Host/Producer/Anchor for Charlottesville This Week
    and Local News Breaks at Monticello Media

Educator

 

Winning acclaim in 2013 for my direction of STEALING LINCOLN by Anne G'Fellers-Mason and numerous educational videos since, I’ve been called an “awesome” Acting Coach both on-camera and for members of the Philadelphia Opera Company and their student master classes. 

 

TV PRODUCTION and SCREEN WRITING:

Palm Beach Community College, Palm Beach, Florida.  My TV Production classes were conducted in a state-of-the-Art studio facility wherein each student received hands on training by performing each element of television production: To include: lighting, sound, switching, camera operation, directing, acting, writing, on-line editing, and titling.  As the owner of MBR Productions, a company which discovers, develops and produces the works of new writers, I taught screen writing at the college level from the point of view of the Producer and Director: extremely result-oriented — stressing the importance of structure, theme, story line, sub-plots, conflict, character development, relationships, and how to storyboard it and shoot it. 

 

TV PRODUCTION DIRECTOR and ON-CAMERA INSTRUCTOR:

Actors Performance Arts TV & Film School, West Palm Beach, Florida.  I Directed on-Camera Acting Classes involving all levels of adult students in actual scenes from Soap Operas, Film, Commercials and Theatre.  When these did not best serve actors, I wrote Television scenes for them.  All actors and scenes were televised in video showcases for visiting Casting Directors, Agents and Managers. 

 

Teaching Overview:

With over twenty years of professional management experience as a Director & Producer of talented performers and writers, I am also an energetic educational professional with teaching & tutoring experience in History & English as well as Performing and Media Arts courses, private lessons, career consulting, curriculum development and both launching Theatre Companies and resurrecting Theaters.  Because of my natural desire to assist in all human development through the Arts, my patient yet result oriented approach enables any who wish to learn to do so with a practical world view that nurtures a great appreciation of themselves and all of humankind.  As a Performing/Media Specialist, I exude excellent people skills that create a comfortable learning environment while inspiring each student to fulfill their highest potential, and I do this both online and in the classroom.  I am a professional Director, mentor, coach, consultant and educator with numerous success stories from NYC to DC to WPB.  My experience provides a solid background and firm understanding of how to ascertain where student/talent is, and how to specialize & individualize a path that propels them toward the achievement of their ultimate goals.

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                      Larry Dresner, Composer                            ldresner at optonline dot net

                      Linda Laundra, NBC Producer                    linda.laundra at gmail dot com

                      Peter Hertsgaard, Film Producer                phertsgaard at yahoo dot com 

                      Peter Link, Broadway                                   peterlink at watchfiremusic dot com 

                      Kit Lisle, Playwright                                      kit at dot comacclaropartners

                      Erica Arvold, Film Producer                        localbaltimoreactors at gmail dot com

                      Bob Chapel, Dir                                           rcc2u at virginia dot edu

                      Kerry James, Prod Mgr                               Kerry at dot commonticellomedia

                      Andrea Miller, Political Theatre                  andrea at peopledemandingaction dot org

                      Kyle Niehoff, Video Dir                               NiehoffK at darden dot virginia.edu

                      Boomie Pedersen, AD                                boomiepedersen at gmail dot com

                      Kent Williamson, Film Maker                     Kent at PaladinPictures dot com

                      Adarsh Ramakrishnan, Entrepreneur        adarsh.r.ramakrishnan at gmail dot com

                      Sue Friedman, Executive Dir.                     jeffschoolfoundation at gmail dot com

                      Russell Lees, Published Playwright            russlees at yahoo dot com

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Professional References
Education
  • The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, Master of Fine Arts (Directing)

  • Towson University, Towson, Maryland (Acting)

  • The Peabody Conservatory of Music, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, Bachelor of Music (Opera) 

Military Service
  • Served honorably in the United States Army as a lead singer and narration writer for the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Field Band, at Ft Meade, Maryland.  In my last year of enlistment, I was the Director of the “Soldiers of Song,” (a 12-member ensemble that included choreography in its performances).  It was in this capacity, after a performance for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and members of Congress, that I received a Congressional Citation from President Richard M. Nixon. 

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