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Kit Goldstein Grant

Kit Goldstein Grant

Book, Music, & Lyrics

Kit is a prize-winning New York City-based composer, lyricist and librettist.  Her musicals have been seen at the Midtown International Theater Festival (THE NOSE), the Strawberry One-Act Festival (THE COMMUTERS, Calendar Boys Productions), the Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series, the Musical Theatre Factory, and the National Opera Center (THE WRONG BOX).  Five of her musicals for young audiences have toured schools with the Schenectady Theatre for Children, including IT’S RAINING TAMALES!, which is published by YouthPLAYS.   Kit has studied at Juilliard and the Tony-Award winning BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and is a founding member of NYC's Composers Collective.  She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.  (Photo Credit: Yulduz Zaripova)

Nikolai Gogol

Nikolai Gogol

Author of "The Nose"

Russian novelist Nikolai Gogol was born on March 31, 1809, in Sorochintsy, Ukraine. His first successful book was Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka, which he wrote in the early 1830s. His short, satirical story, The Nose (written between 1835 and 1836), was written during his time living in St. Petersburg when his works were primarily focused on surrealism and the grotesque, with a romantic twist. The use of iconic landmarks in the story, as well as the sheer absurdity of the story, has made "The Nose" an important part of St. Petersburg's literary tradition. His 1842 novel Dead Souls is considered his masterpiece, however, a fanatical priest convinced Gogol to burn the second volume of Dead Souls in 1952. He died later that year, on March 4, 1852, in Moscow, Russia; it's believed that he starved himself to death.

Michael Chase Gosselin Director

Michael Chase Gosselin


Michael is a professional producer, director, and designer based in NYC. He recently produced MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET and LUDO'S BROKEN BRIDE in the 2016 New York Musical Festival, and POPE! AN EPIC MUSICAL in 2015. He served as the Artistic Director/ Executive Producer of Act Three Theatricals from 2006 to 2012. In 2013, he co-produced and directed a developmental reading of MOBY DICK - A WHALE OF A TALE for Cameron Mackintosh.  As a Director/Choreographer, recent credits include DISNEY'S TARZAN (VT Premiere), THE WEDDING SINGER and SOUTH PACIFIC (NCT), ROCK NATIVITY (Regional Premiere), HAIRSPRAY, CHICAGO, a tour of THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED), NEXT TO NORMAL (VT Premiere), YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN and A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Helen Hayes Youth Theatre, and LEGALLY BLONDE for Clark University. Last spring, he helmed the New England Premiere

of Justin Moran’s THE SPIDEY PROJECT. Current projects include producing and directing the new musical HOW TO SURVIVE AN APOCALYPSE WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, as well as producing the Off-Broadway Premiere of POPE!. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Matthew Bennis Music Director/Piano

Matthew Bennis

Music Director

Matthew is a self-taught musician, singer, musical director, and accompanist in the New York City area. Recent Off-Broadway music direction credits include THE COMMUTERS OR A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT THE PORT AUTHORITY (nominated Best Musical), THE NOSE (nominated for Best Musical Direction),  THE WRONG BOX, and #LOVESTORY a brand new musical at FringeNYC 2015, which was selected as a FringeFAVE and awarded additional performances. Currently, Matthew serves as the resident music director for Calendar Boys Productions and as a pianist entertaining the patrons of Manhattan Monster Bar in NYC's West Village.

Christopher & Justin Swader

Scenic Design

Christopher and Justin are New York-based scenic designers. Recent credits include: MACBETH, FIT FOR A QUEEN, THE TEMPEST (Classical Theatre of Harlem), SIGNIFICANT OTHER (SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston) THE OFFENDING GESTURE (Connelly Theatre/3LD/The Tank), AN OCTOROON (ArtsEmerson/Company One, Boston), RED, CLYBOURNE PARK (Shadowland Stages), and collaborations with Luna Stage, Columbia Stages, The New School for Drama, National Black Theatre, ‪Cherry Lane Theatre, ‪La MaMa, Manhattan School of Music, Stella Adler, ‪Park Avenue Armory, Trusty Sidekick, Mason Holdings and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Upcoming: HEATHER HENSON'S CRANE: ON EARTH, IN SKY, CAMPFIRE (‪Lincoln Center Education). Graduates of Ball State University.

Courtney Butt Costume Design

Courtney Butt

Costume Design

Courtney is an NYC based costume designer. Originally from Massachusetts, she graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Her previous designs include MY SON, PINOCCHIO, MACBETH, CABARET, THE MUSIC MAN, and OUR TOWN (Packer Collegiate Institute) SHULAMIT, (JCC Manhattan) FAUST, and UNCLE VANYA (On Wheels Productions) and FOOTLOOSE, PETER PAN, LEGALLY BLONDE, THE JUNGLE BOOK, KIDS, SEUSSICAL, and MY SON, PINOCCHIO, JR. (Wachusett Theatre Company). She is also costume designing with Musicals Tonight at Theatre Row and is the costume shop coordinator at York College in Queens. She is super excited to be back working on THE NOSE for which her costumes won the award for "Outstanding Costume Design" at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in 2016.

Jamie Roderick

Lighting Design

Jamie is a lighting designer based out of New York City whose work can be seen both in New York and at theatres all around the United States.  Jamie is known for lighting THE BIKINIS! - A NEW MUSICAL BEACH PARTY at many regional theaters across the country.  He is the Resident Lighting Designer for Broken Box Mime Theatre.  Off-Broadway he has lit Ken Davenport's THAT BACHELORETTE SHOW. Jamie was both the lighting and scenic designer for Ed Dixon's GEORGIE: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF GEORGE ROSE at the Sharon Playhouse.  Also for the Sharon Playhouse he has lit DOUBT, 13, NEXT THING YOU KNOW, TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE, SPRING AWAKENING, and NINE WIVES.  Other select credits from various theatres include Disney's ON THE RECORD, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, BARE: A POP OPERA, DOGFIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and THE GIRLFRIEND FROM HELL. He lit three seasons with Aglet Theatre Co., including productions of GALATEA 

and MADAGASCAR. Jamie’s Broadway credits include Assistant Lighting Designer of A TIME TO KILL and Assistant To The Lighting Designer for Disney’s ALADDIN, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL and BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL.

Neil Radisch

Music Arrangements

Neil is a composer, arranger and orchestrator who has also worked in the software industry creating systems and algorithms for the processing of digital video and audio. Musical credits include sequencing engineer on the recording of THE WITCHES OF VENICE by Phillip Glass,  a short lived off-Broadway show, and twenty five years of composing, arranging and orchestrating for The Mask and Wig Club of The University of Pennsylvania.

Carly J. Bauer

Casting Director

Carly is a producer and casting director. Most recently, she produced a sold out run of a "first rate revival" (Theatre Mania) of BACHELORETTE by Leslye Headland at Walkerspace/Soho Rep. Other producing credits: FIRE ON FLAMING ROADS (Arthur Seelen Theatre), STEPPENWOLF (New School), BETWEEN MEN (MITF - Nominated Outstanding Production, Won Outstanding Director, Actor, & Actress), & BROKEN CITY: WALL ST. (PopUp Theatrics). Has cast for Planet Connections, NYMF, DreamUp, Columbia University, The Player's Theatre. Next up this March: will be producing INSIDE at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, w/ PopUp Theatrics.

Christopher Michaels

Graphic/Web Design & Marketing

Christopher is a New York-based graphic and web designer specializing in theatrical marketing materials and design. Clients include Rock The Audition, Theatre Nerds, Playlight Theatre Company, Jeremy Terry Productions, The Master Theater, and many other companies throughout the country. This is not his first work with THE NOSE as he played the Police Chief in the developmental reading and in the world premiere at MITF. Christopher is also an actor, director and producer, and founder of Calendar Boys Productions which produced its first musical, THE COMMUTERS… (for which Kit Goldstein Grant wrote the lyrics) back in 2016. Christopher has been involved with Kit Goldstein Grant and her work for over a year and a half producing, performing in, directing, and designing graphics for her shows. 

Hannah Brooks

Production Stage Manager


Dan Irwin/H Danforth & Co


Dan has worked throughout New York City as a producer, general manager and box office treasurer and is a graduate of Rutgers & The Commercial Theatre Institute's 14-Week Program. Favorite past shows include POTTED POTTER, SISTAS, WHY YOU BEASTING?, and FUERZA BRUTA. Current projects include THE NOSE and the new musical BANDSTAND (Broadway, Spring 2017). He thanks everyone who has worked so hard to make THE NOSE so special.

Victoria Lee/VIVA Style


Victoria Lee is thrilled to be co-producing with Dan Irwin for the first time! She has worked as house and box office manager for the last four years at The Master Theater. Victoria's passion for the Russian literature and American style theatre is what inspired her to bring THE NOSE to her home stage.

Mark Brystowski

Associate Producer

Mark is proud to make music with this wonderful team.  Recent: BACHELORETTE (Walkerspace), BETWEEN MEN (MITF Nom. Outstanding Production), BROKEN CITY: WALL STREET (PopUp Theatrics). Film: ZENITH (dir. Ellie Foumbi, premiering at LCT). Directing: PRIVATE LIVES (Cap21). Production Management: GOD OF VENGEANCE (La MaMa -NYT Critic’s Pick), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Drama Desk Nom.). Other credits include: MEDEA AND THE FURIES, (The Wild Project), POWERHOUSE (New Ohio), POLANSKI, POLANSKI (Chain Theatre). He has collaborated with Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, LAByrinth Theater Company, The New Group, Working Theater, Sinking Ship Productions, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, and Nomad Theatrical Co. To the entire cast and crew - I am so grateful for all your passion. Thank you Jackie and Roman for your love and support.

Noa Saunders

Production Assistant

Noa is a first-year student at NYU studying theater production at Gallatin’s School of Individualized Study.  She recently directed a one-act play (DR. NERO’S INSOMNIA) for Gallatin’s Brandspankin’ New Works Festival and is a new member of the Gallatin Theatre Troupe Executive Board.  Noa has been producing musicals through her company, Spotted Pup Productions, for the past five years.  She also loves to perform and has been on stage in countless productions throughout Vermont.  Noa is a thrilled to be part of THE NOSE and thanks Chase for this opportunity.

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