Michael Bihovsky (Writer/Co-Director/Jean Valjean) has appeared in countless theatrical productions, including RENT (Mark), Tick, Tick…Boom! (Jon), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), Songs for a New World (Man #2), and The Who’s Tommy (Uncle Ernie). He has written three original musicals: Fresh!, a semi-autobiographical musical which blends the craziness of the first-year college experience with the challenges of overcoming physical and emotional adversity; Eclipse, a pop/classical fusion taking place in Ancient Greece; and Safe in Sound, a gothic-rock musical play about an emotionally crippled rock star. In 2010, Fresh! was featured Off-Broadway as a finalist in the “Scene It: New York” competition, with Michael playing the role of himself (Michael). Fresh! is currently in preparations for its first fully-staged reading in New York City. www.michaelbihovsky.com
Lily Bayrock (Co-director/Cosette) Favorite roles include City of Angels (Avril/Mallory), My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), The Last 5 Years (Cathy Hyatt), Carousel (Louise), A New Brain (Waitress/Nancy D), The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank), and most recently Rapunzel in Riverdale Repertory Company’s Gala production of Into The Woods. When not performing, she can be found swing dancing and hanging with her awesome nephew, and was recently seen backpacking across the middle and far east.
Megan Ermilio (Epipen) is a freshman at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is currently attending Playwrights Horizons Theater School for acting and directing. Megan’s first principle role was Fantine in Great Valley High School’s production of Les Miserables. She has sung the National Anthem for numerous horse shows and sporting events including the Devon Horse Show, Hampton Classic Horse Show, Wellington Horse Show, Wellington Polo and Bridge Hampton Polo. She is currently an intern at the York Theatre Company in New York City.
Michael J. DeFlorio (Marius) has appeared in a number of theatrical productions, including RENT (Roger), The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky Horror), Blind Love (Ian), RENT (Angel), The Elephant Man (Bishop Howe), South Pacific (Emile d’Becque), and more. He studied at Delaware County Community College where he received his Associate of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Theater, and also completed a College Park Scholars Earth, Life, and Time Colloquium program at the University of Maryland, where he originally intended to study physics. He is currently an undergraduate candidate in the BFA Musical Theater program at the University of the Arts. He has done work locally in film and TV, including the feature film Welcome to the Bates Motel and NBC’s Education Nation; look for him in an independent film shooting later this year. He is also in the process of writing and collaborating on an original musical which centers around the struggles of a family with a child fighting Leukemia.
Dena C. Blumenthal (Cinematography/Editing) is a graduate of Temple University’s honors program. She received her B.A. in Television Production, and has been working in the field of live sports broadcasting ever since. She currently freelances as a Chyron (on-air graphics) operator for networks that include ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, and CBS and NBC Sports Network. Dena was also a camera operator for “The Anderson Monarchs,” a documentary by Eugene Martin about a South Philadelphia inner-city all-girls soccer team. The documentary was featured in the Sundance Film Festival, and was positively reviewed by Variety and other publications. When not working, Dena spends her time volunteering at Thorncroft Equestrian Center.
Bernie Langer (Photography/Lighting/Pizza Delivery) first teamed up with Michael Bihovsky in 2002 to produce the film “The Diamond of Kinshasa”, a drama/mystery about the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which earned the coveted “A+” award in 9th grade world history. Since graduating Vassar College, Bernie has worked as a thematic cartographer for PolicyMap.com, a non-profit mapping organization. Bernie is an avid photographer, with two gallery showings of his landscapes, street scenes, portraits, and assembled scenes. He’s currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Camden. (Headshot photo credit: Julian Barbosa)
Matthew Dorsch (Production Assistant) is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Architectural Studies, a certificate in Jewish Studies and completing related areas in both Elementary Education and Studio Art. He received his M.A. from La Salle University in Elementary and Special Education. He is currently a certified teacher in Elementary Education, Special Education, Technology Education and various Middle School subject content areas. Matthew is an accomplished graphic artist and has developed the designs for numerous stage and film productions, including Alice in Wonderland Jr., Broadway: Evolutions, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Annie. He is currently the Program and Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Jewish Relief Agency.
Elizabeth Filante Sanders (Production Assistant) is a Philadelphia native, and a graduate of Whittier College in Los Angeles. Elizabeth has a profound love for singing, and has performed with Bobby McPharin, Not My Dogg Band, Richard Dreuding, The First Unitarian Church Choir, Broad Street Ministry Choir. She has also sung soprano for a number of small vocal ensemble groups in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, and has written, recorded, and performed several of her original songs. Elizabeth was also a feature soloist in Michael Bihovsky’s “Broadway: Evolutions” benefit concert for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children in 2007.