Jeannette Bayardelle

Shida & Others; Book, Music, & Lyrics

Jeannette-BayardelleJeannette Bayardelle received a 2013 AUDELCO Award for her critically acclaimed performance in SHIDA.  She previously starred as Celie in the Broadway and touring companies of Oprah Winfrey’s The Color Purple, for which she received the NAACP Theater Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.  Ms. Bayardelle went on to play Dionne in the Tony Award winning revival of Hair on Broadway, and she has appeared Off-Broadway in Diane Paulus’ The Best of Both Worlds.  Her national and international theatre credits include The Color Purple, Deaf West’s Big River, Rent, and Disney’s Freaky Friday musical.  Selected Regional: Sister Act (Delores; North Shore & Theatre by the Sea), Company (Barrington Stage), and The Best of Both Worlds (A.R.T.).  Her voice is featured in the Disney film The Little Mermaid III.  Her albums include “I Know Who I Am,” “Praise Report,” and “Transferable.” Jeannette is also well known to audiences around the world for her gospel music career. For more information about Ms. Bayardelle, visit

Andy Sandberg


Andy Sandberg is a director, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer.  Sandberg has directed the critically acclaimed world premieres of Straight (NY Times Critics’ Pick, Off-Broadway), Application Pending (also co-author, Off-Broadway; BroadwayWorld Award and Drama Desk nomination), The Last Smoker in America (Off-Broadway), Craving for Travel (also co-author, Off-Broadway), and Operation Epsilon (Cambridge, MA; four IRNE Awards, including Best Play and Best Director). For the world premiere of Shida at Ars Nova, Sandberg received a 2015 AUDELCO Award nomination as Best Director; the show was also nominated as Best Musical, with a win for Jeannette Bayardelle as Best Lead Actor.  Shida played subsequent engagements at A.R.T. in 2014 (IRNE nomination) and Los Angeles in 2015.  Upcoming directing projects include Night for Day, a new play by Academy Award winner Nicholas Kazan; Persephone, a new musical inspired by the Greek myth; and Sacrilegious, a new play by Academy Award winner Tom Schulman.  He has been represented on Broadway and London’s West End as a producer of the hit revival of HAIR (2009 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Awards) the Broadway revival of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012 Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Nominations), and the Broadway premiere of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses.  As producer: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theatre); Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory, London; dir. Hal Prince and Susan Stroman); Pageant (Davenport Theatre; 2015 Drama Desk nomination), and Vigil (DR2 Theater). In 2007, Andy worked with Hal Prince on the Broadway production of LoveMusik.  B.A. Yale University.  Proud member of the SDC and AEA. He currently sits on the boards of The Yale Dramatic Association, The Yale Alley Cats Alumni Organization (President), The Whiffenpoof Alumni, and The Browning School (Alumni President). / Twitter: @Andy_Sandberg

Jesse Vargas

Music Director

BroadwayGlory Days (Music SPVR, Arrangements & Orchestrations); The Ritz (Orchestrations); Off-Broadway-Rooms (Music SPVR, Arrangements & Orchestrations); Saved; bare-A Pop Opera; Other- White Noise (Chicago);  After Robert Hutchens(Williamstown); Dreamgirls; Bright Lights, Big City (both Prince Music Thtr); Hurricane; Radio City Christmas; Sunfish (NAMT);   OrchestrationsPeep Show (Las Vegas); Asphalt Beach (Andrew Lippa); Bright Lights, Big City; Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway 101; Hair 2004; Junie B. Jones; Chess; BC/EFA Easter Bonnet (4 years); Pippin (Dance Arr.-2006 Tour). Music Director/Arranger for Clay Aiken 2004-2008. Music producer/arranger/keyboardist for Nick Blaemire & The Hustle. Upcoming-After Robert Hutchens (Kansas City Rep.). Recordings-Nick Blaemire and The Hustle (EP); Clay Aiken-Tried and True (Decca); Hair 2004 (Grammy nominated, Ghostlight Records); Rooms-A Rock Romance (Timelife Records); and

Clay Bogan III


Clay Bogan III is a veteran music director, producer, and songwriter who has worked with many artists such as Israel & New Breed, Mary Mary, William McDowell, Destiny’s Child, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Anointed, Kenny Lattimore, Tramaine Hawkins, Mary Alessi, Martha Munizzi and a host of others. His accomplishments range from his success as a songwriter on Hezekiah Walker¹s Grammy Award-winning project Live in Atlanta at Morehouse with the hit song “I Will Go In Jesus’ Name” to his recent success as a producer with William McDowell¹s chart topping project “Arise.” Among his many music director credits, he has he has toured with the award-winning Harlem Gospel Singers throughout Europe and Scandinavia. He has also served as music director and arranger for many theatrical productions including James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner and Another Chance at the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre.   TGG

Larry Lelli

Musical Supervision

Veteran Broadway conductor & drummer for over 30 different Broadway shows; most recently Assistant Conductor/Drummer at “A Christmas Story” and “How To Succeed in Business…” with Daniel Radcliffe.  Broadway shows include drummer & Assistant Conductor for “The Producers”; drums/percussion for “Assassins”; and onstage drummer/actor/bandleader/contractor in “Million Dollar Quartet”. Recordings/Live: Melissa Etheridge, Josh Groban, Bernadette Peters, Nick Jonas, Patti LuPone, Sebastian Bach, Marin Mazzie, Laura Osnes, Audra McDonald, Anika Noni Rose, Vanessa Williams, Megan Hilty, ABBA, Heather Headley, Larry Gatlin, Mamas & Papas.  Artist/Clinician for Yamaha Drums & Sabian Cymbals. Proud member of AFM/AEA. &

Charlie Corcoran

Scenic Design

Designs include:  Fidelio (Santa Fe Opera 2014), The Bartered Bride, Cosi Fan Tutte,  (Co-Production The Met Opera / Juilliard),  Smash (Sept 2013),  Don Giovanni (Juilliard), The Last Smoker In America (Westside Theatre), Fallen Angels (NJ Shakespeare Theatre), The Night Watcher (Center Theatre Group), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane), The Emperor Jones (Hewes Design Award Nomination), The Weir, The Freedom of the City, The Banished Children of Eve , Sive, Prisoner of the Crown, Defender Of The Faith, The Field, (Irish Rep), The Late Christopher Bean (TACT), Sophistry, The Black Monk, The Bully Pulpit (Beckett Theatre), Without Walls (Mark Taper forum), The Night Watcher, Exits and Entrances (Primary Stages), The Dishwashers, The Man in Room 306  (59 east 59th street Theatre)  He Was Assistant Art Director on the pilot episode of “Believe”, coming to NBC this Fall.

Michael McDonald

Costume Design

Broadway & London West End: Hair (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Hewes Award nominations). The Public: Hair (Delacorte Theater). Off-Broadway: The Irish Curse (Soho Rep), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theater), Tartuffe (Tribeca Playhouse), Amahl and the Night Visitors(Lincoln Center) Regional:  God of Carnage,  [Title of Show], George Street Playhouse;  Take Me Out(Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Johnny Baseball, (American Repertory Theater, IRNE Nomination), Dirty Blond, Omnium Gatherum, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal (Zachary Scott Theatre); Oklahoma!(Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival).

Grant Yeager

Lighting Design

New York: Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre); Between Worlds (New York Stages); Chimichangas and Zoloft (Atlantic Theatre Company); The Last Smoker in America (Westside Arts Theater); Love Child (New World Stages); Zelda at the Oasis (St. Luke’s Theatre); Designer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival 2009-2012; Designer for the New York Pops Orchestra 2012-2013 Season, and over 25 concerts and events at Carnegie Hall.  Regional/Int’l: Joseph… (Dallas Theater Center); …Judas Iscariot (Yale Dramatic Association); Soul Doctor (Parker Playhouse); Backwards in High Heels(Cleveland Playhouse); Vices (Theatre Aspen); Academy (Maltz Jupiter Theatre); Mormons… (Barrington Stage); Siudy Entre Mundos (Teatro Teresa Carreño, Venezuela); Central Avenue Breakdown (Suseong Artpia, Korea); The Tempest (Bermuda Arts Festival).  Thanks Andy!

David Sanderson

Sound Design

David is a Brooklyn based designer who’s recent credits include: Sky-Pony: Raptured (Play Co.) The Consequences (WHAT), Behind the Music (Workshop) and Rated P for Parenthood. His recent credits as an Associate Designer include (B-Way): Romeo and Juliet (In Production) The Testament of Mary, Ann, Picnic, An Enemy of the People, The Lyons, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Other Desert Cites, The Normal Heart, Born Yesterday, Arcadia, Good People, Elling, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Behanding in Spokane, and 33 Variations.

Ashley Rodbro

Production Stage Manager

Ashley Rodbro is a director, producer, and stage manager. She is currently directing Cory Finley’s play, BRENDA in the NY Fringe Festival. Other directing credits includeScarlett Fever (NY Fringe), Beyond the iChatter, and I’m From Outer Space (Ars Nova). As a producer, she is working to develop the musical Bloodsong of Love by Joe Iconis and produced the recent NYMF reading The Crazy Ones by Zack Zadek and Alexander Pototsky. Select stage management credits include: Miranda Sings!, The Wii Plays, Missed Connections (Ars Nova), Seven Minutes in Heaven (Colt Coeur), Jurassic Parq…, The Three Times She Knocked (Fringe NYC), Next Thing You Know, Marrying George Clooney (CAP 21). She has worked for Manhattan Theater Club, The Public, and Ars Nova, and at the Broadway general management firm Richards/Climan. Former president, Yale Dramat.

Alexander Orbovich

General Manager

Alexander has spent time at The Guthrie, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Cherry Lane Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop. Highlights as Company and General Manager include Katori Hall’s Hoodoo Love, Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman (starring Dúle Hill), Edward Albee’s The American Dream  & The Sandbox, Nunsense and the Obie Award winning Mentor Project series at Cherry Lane. Alexander is also the Managing Director of Exit, Pursued by a Bear (EPBB), an artists collective that has produced seven shows including the New York premieres of These Seven Sicknesses and The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler starring its author Jeff Whitty and Billy Porter. Alex holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an MFA candidate in Producing and Theatre Management at Columbia University.

Flora Major


Flora Major resides in Sarasota, FL, where she is deeply immersed in the community as an art collector and a philanthropist. Originally from Hungary, she has served on several non-profit arts and medical boards in New York, North Carolina, and Florida, and she is currently on the boards of the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Raoul Wallenberg Committee and the Sarasota Museum of Art. Previous theatrical involvement includes the world premieres of Operation Epsilon and The Last Smoker in America.

Brian Wagner


Brian Wagner is thrilled to be making his debut as a producer on this incredible piece, as Shida’s story is, in many ways, everyone’s story. A data director for a global media agency by day, Brian has been actively involved in many capacities for several arts organizations in NYC, Boston and beyond. Love and thanks to Tim for his unending support.

Adam Lederer


Adam Lederer was born and raised in NYC where he developed and indulged his love for the performing arts. A librarian by trade, Adam spends his days as the Research Operations Manager for a private library. Shida marks his first, and no doubt long-awaited, debut in the world of musical production. In his free time, Adam enjoys too many things to list– all of which are made infinitely better with his wife Victoria by his side.

Whitney Hoagland Edwards


Whitney Hoagland Edwards (AssociateProducer) has returned to her passion for theater and dance and has been involved in productions with Sir Cameron Macintosh and Hal Prince. With Andy Sandberg, she has been a producer ofThe Last Smoker in America (Westside Theatre), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theatre), and Paradise Found (Menier Chocolate Factory). She has also been a producer of independent films, including the critically acclaimed Nightmare. B.A. Lake Forest College.  She currently resides in London with English husband Ian.

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Cherine Anderson

Audience Outreach