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Earlier works: the non-musical Drivers has been seen at NY’s Ensemble Studio Theatre; the musical Pirate Pip was commissioned and performed by the Lake George Opera Company, and a recent ode to technology, iFind You @ Last, premiered at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. Byron and songwriting partner Tom Savoy are currently writing a full-length holiday musical based on Booth Tarkington’s Beasley’s Christmas Party. Byron also writes for Albany-area publications about music, food, theater and books, and has written extensively about technology for national magazines. As an actor, he has worked for over a decade with the Troy-based New York State Theatre Institute, creating roles in their productions of Miracle on 34th Street and A Wonderful Life, touring in A Tale of Cinderella, and acting and/or singing in many others. He has appeared with Syracuse Opera in The Merry Widow and Sunday in the Park with Sondheim, and recently sang in the first performance in a over a century of William Shields’s 18th-century favorite, The Poor Soldier. He spent several years in an improvisational comedy troupe, and regularly performs a cabaret revue with longtime partners Tom Savoy and Malcolm Kogut at venues ranging from folk clubs to resort hotels. Like every other actor anywhere near New York, he’s been on Law and Order and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
David has directed, among other things, a cabaret for the Republican party, a ghost story in an historic crematorium and various plays at the oldest performing arts camp in the country. Some of his favorite recently directed shows include The Visit, Anton in Show Business, Boston Marriage, Stop/Kiss, Nickel and Dimed, and Proof. As an actor, he has worked with The New York State Theatre Institute, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Seattle Fringe Festival, Perry-Mansfield New Noises and the Asolo Theatre Festival. David has an M.F.A. from Florida State University and B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Russell Sage College for Women and proud husband to Victoria and father to Eleanor.



Off-Broadway credits include: Lansky and the Rise of Dorothy Hale (St. Luke's), None of the Above (The Lion), Mother Load (now on National Tour), Wasps in Bed (Beckett Theater), Retzach (59E59), Trolls (Actors Playhouse), Picon Pie (The Lambs Theater), Uncle Jacque's Symphony (SoHo Playhouse), em>Roman Nights (DR-2), Embers (Chelsea Playhouse). Regional: Stones in His Pockets, Indian Blood (Florida Repertory Theatre), I Got Merman (The Majestic Theater-Dallas TX); Suddenly Hope (Denver Civic Center). Love to his girls.















A twenty-year veteran of the radio broadcasting industry, Martins was a classical music producer-announcer on WMHT in Schenectady, NY and WFCR in Amherst, MA, and presented a big bands and jazz program on WMVI in Mechanicville, NY. He adapted and directed a radio dramatization of Thomas Berger’s Who Is Teddy Villanova?, recorded as a live performance for WPKN in Bridgeport, CT. He has designed sound for shows throughout upstate NY, including work at StageWorks/ Hudson and in collaboration with David Baecker at Russell Sage College in Troy. A popular writer of cowboy fiction, he is the author of Death at Double-X Ranch.
Emily is excited to be joining the Fringe this year. She is a proud graduate of Russell Sage College and holds a dual B.S. in Musical Theatre and English.  Favorite past roles include Estelle in The Full Monty (C-R Productions), Rizzo in Grease (Park Playhouse), Polly Peachum in The Three Penny Opera (RSC), Catherine in Proof (RSC), and Rosalia in West Side Story (Park Playhouse). Thanks to DB for providing her with endless opportunities! She would also like to thank Cam, her family, and the BNB for being her rocks in life.


With a passion for Bach as strong as his passion for Oscar Peterson, Malcolm Kogut has many published piano and choral books to his credit, as well as two CDs. He is a winner of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Musician-of-the-Year Award. As a keyboard artist, he has played in the pit for shows with all the major Albany-area theater groups; he’s also in demand when visiting performers pass through. He is a piano teacher and vocal coach, and has performed in cabaret settings with Byron Nilsson since 1986. When away from the keyboard, he loves exploring the nooks and crannies of the Adirondack mountains.

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This Kansas-City based group is known for its tight rhythms and freewheeling, almost improvisational approach. And it's been a breeding ground for significant names over the years, including founders Jo Jones and Buster Smith, Walter Page, Lester Young, and many others. Significant achievements: Lady Be Good, Shoe-Shine Boy, Boogie-Woogie, and, of course, Evenin', which was characterized by the emotional intensity of James Rushing's work.



































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Jennifer is brand new to the Fringe Festival this year and couldn't be happier to be working with this production. She holds a degree from Russell Sage College where she studied Musical Theatre and Dance. Jennifer has performed at various venues including the Queens Theater in the Park, the NYS Theater Institute, the Smith Opera House, and the Actor's Playhouse






Liz is an upstate NY native and recent graduate of SUNY Potsdam where she just received her Master’s in childhood education. Prior to her mastery, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in theatre from Russell Sage College in Troy. When not schooling, Liz enjoys acting, and most recently originated the role of Ruth Hall in Transfigured Night, a 2009 nominee for the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival. Liz’s lifelong dream is to hunt down the Candy Man and take over his throne, because although he makes the world feel good, Liz feels as though she can do it better – and with fewer cavities.

























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