Aaron Thielen | Playwright
As the current Artistic Director for the Marriott Theatre, AARON THIELEN has long been an advocate for the creation of new musicals. Most recently he adapted the Twentieth Century Fox film For The Boys for the Marriott Theatre stage. He was one of the creative forces in bringing the 2008 world premiere musical The Bowery Boys to Marriott. He co-authored the award-winning All Night Strut, A Fascinatin’ Rhythm with Marc Robin. He is currently working on another exciting new work for the Marriott Theatre’s 2013 Season. As Artistic Director, he led the creative teams of the record-breaking hit A Chorus Line, Joseph…, Once On This Island, The Light In The Piazza, The Producers, Little Women, Thoroughly Modern Millie, State Fair, and another new work, Married Alive. He co-founded a theatre company in Milwaukee dedicated to community outreach, and is a former company member of Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Company.
Michael Mahler | Music & Lyrics
MICHAEL MAHLER earned his BS in Theatre at Northwestern University, where he wrote about 50 songs for the annual Waa-Mu Show. His songs have since been featured in showcases around the world, including the National Alliance for Musical Theatre New Works Summit, the MAC/ASCAP Songwriter Showcase, and an evening at the Kennedy Center. Michael’s works include How Can You Run with a Shell on Your Back?, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Knute Rockne, All-American, The Main Street Kids Club, Painted Alice, and The 9/11 Report. He is currently working with Alan Schmuckler, Jarrod Zimmerman, Blake Silver, Bruce Helford, and Thomas Schlamme on an original musical comedy series entitled Boyfred for Sony Pictures/TV. Michael is a Jeff-nominated actor and music director. He plays guitar and sings with his band, The Lincoln Squares. Visit www.michaelmahler.com
David H. Bell | Original Director/Choreographer
DAVID BELL’s work in Chicago Theatre, where he is associated with the Marriott Theatre (over 30 Productions) and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (The Three Musketeers, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors), has earned him 40 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (winning the coveted award 11 times) and 3 After Dark Awards. David served as the Artistic Director of Historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., and Associate Artistic Director of Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. David’s work has earned him 5 Carbonell nominations (Florida), a Dramalogue Award (L.A.), 5 AJC Awards (Atlanta), an Atlanta Circle of Dramatic Critics Award, a Laurence Olivier Nomination (London), 2 National Endowment Awards, 3 Helen Hayes nominations (winning 1, Washington D.C.), The Mac and Bistro Awards (NYC), and several National and International writing awards for creating Hot Mikado. He has worked on Broadway, Off Broadway, London, Paris, Berlin, Carnegie Hall, National and International tours, The Kennedy Center, Long Wharf Theatre, and done the Atlanta sequence of the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. David is currently the head of the Music Theatre program at Northwestern University.