About Us

Collaborators

Philip and Laura YosowitzThe Gold was conceived and written by Dr. Philip Yosowitz over a five period and completed over a decade ago. Philip teamed up with his daughter, Laura Yosowitz, founder of Vital Arts Collaborative and Arts with an Impact, as producer to develop the new work. In 2008, Andrea Lepcio joined the team as book writer. To date, they have taken The Gold from a four hundred fifty page, handwritten score through three development readings, demo recordings, special events and two productions in Houston, Tx. The 2009 production was held at Houston’s prestigious outdoor city venue, Miller Outdoor Theatre, seating almost 2,000 and was sponsored by the Miller Outdoor Theatre and the Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance at Rice University. In 2014-15, the team completed a major rewrite. We are thrilled to be making our New York City debut this summer at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in July of 2015.

 

 

 


Creative Team

Phillip YosowitzPhilip Yosowitz

(Book, Music, Lyrics)

Philip Yosowitz (Book, Music, Lyrics) is a plastic surgeon by profession who has always composed music. Phil grew up with his Czech-born immigrant father and Hungarian-Romanian mother in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his medical training at UCLA and at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., and began his private practice in Houston, TX, where he now resides. While Dr. Yosowitz's love for composing began in childhood, The Gold is his first completed musical theatre work. Philip was thrilled to have had two productions The Gold in Houston, followed by a reading at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2015. The story of The Gold was inspired by his love of athletics and his childhood memories of living with family members who were Holocaust survivors who had recently immigrated to the United States. He is a lover of history and is currently writing a musical based on Joan of Arc.  He is very proud to be returning to the New York Musical Theatre Festival with a full production of The Gold the summer of 2016.


Andrea LepcioAndrea Lepcio

(Book Writer)

Andrea Lepcio is best known for Looking for the Pony a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award. It was presented in a "Rolling World Premiere" Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta and subsequent productions. Her plays and musicals have been produced and developed at HERE, Lark Play Development Center, Manhattan Theatre Source, New York Music Theatre Festival, New Shoe, Shalimar Productions, TerraNova Collective, Three Chicks, Titans Theatre, Vital Theatre, Williamsburg Art Nexus, and Women's Project in NY; Bloody Unicorn, Goodspeed Opera House, Hangar Theatre, Miller Theatre, Provincetown Theatre Company, Synchronicity Performance Group, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, and Trustus Theatre, regionally and Daegu International Musical Festival and The Little Theatre Group of Costa Rica, internationally. She is currently working on an EST/Sloan commission for a new play about the Montreal Protocol.  Tunnel Vision will be produced at Off the Wall in Pittsburgh in October 2015. She developed Strait of Gibraltar and Dinner at Home between Deaths at Naked Angels and Lark Play Development Center.  Me You Us Them was developed with TerraNova Collective's Groundbreakers Playwrights Group and at the Lark Play Development Center. Central Avenue Breakdown (book by Kevin Ray, Andrea Lepcio and Dominic Taylor with additional story by Suellen Vance and music/lyrics by Kevin Ray) performed at the Daegu International Musical Festival and New York Music Theatre Festival. Andrea is a member of the Dramatists Guild and was the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director for ten years. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member of BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop, the League of Professional Theater Women, New York Theatre Experience Advisory Board and an alumna of the Lark's Playwrights’ Workshop and the Women's Project Playwrights' Lab. M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University. B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. She Seal Cove, Maine and travels frequently. www.andrealepcio.com


Spiro VeloudosSpiro Veloudos

(Director)

Spiro Veloudos (Director) is a resident of Boston, Massachusetts and a proud graduate of Emerson College, from where he holds a BFA in Acting/Directing. After a career as an actor, freelance director and Artistic Director of Boston’s Publick Theatre, he is now in his 19th season as the Producing Artistic Director of The Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Since becoming the Lyric’s artistic leader, the theatre has been honored with numerous awards and honors including 23 Elliot Norton Awards and 47 Independent Reviews of New England Awards. In addition to four Elliot Norton and Six IRNE Awards for Outstanding Direction he has been honored with the 2006 Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, Stage Source’s 2002 Theatre Hero Award and was cited as the city’s Best Artistic Director by Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston program in 1999. He was recently called “The Areas finest interpreter of Sondheim, by Ed Siegel of WBUR. He has directed over 100 productions throughout New England. His directing credits include: Sondhiem on Sondheim, Peter and the Starcatcher, Sweeney Todd, Into The Woods, City of Angels, One man, Two Guvnors On the Town, 33 Variations, The Mikado, Avenue Q , Big River, Animal Crackers, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Kiss Me, Kate, Grey Gardens, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Follies, Man of LaMancha, Three Tall Women, 1776, Souvenir, Urinetown: the Musical, A Number, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? A Little Night Music, Noises Off!, Dirty Blonde, Side Man, No Way To Treat A Lady, Sunday in the Park with George, Assassins (Outstanding Production of 1998 and one of 5 most memorable productions in the last 15 years: Boston Globe), Anything Goes. He is adjunct faculty in Performing Arts at Emerson College and coaches acting and musical performance privately.


Steven JamailSteven Jamail

(Music Supervisor / Music Director)

Steven Jamail is an award-winning composer, arranger and music director based in New York City. He has penned the scores for The Lovely Bones and Nicholas and Alexandra under the direction of Tony award winning producer, Stuart Ostrow, at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; My Life: Today at NYMF; and Steven's own musical Vote! with Theatre Under the Stars in Houston. His original music and arrangements have been performed on Broadway, The Public Theater, and in a sold out solo debut at Lincoln Center. Television work includes original works for the 40th Birthday Special of Rachel Ray, music direction for The Apprentice, The Rosie Show on OWN, and a holiday arrangement for NBC's Tree-Lighting at Rockefeller Center. He has soloed onstage with the Houston Symphony, the United States Army Band, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, jazz legend Chick Corea, and pianist/composer John Tesh. He has performed live on Rosie Radio (Sirius/XM) and recently arranged and/or conducted concert tributes for Chita Rivera, Cyndi Lauper and Queen Latifah. His original lyrics and arrangement of "Fever" were heard on the Oprah finale and featured Dr. Phil, Nate Berkus and Dr. Oz. He regularly serves as an arranger and pianist for Rosie O;Donnell, recording artist Dion Roy and, most recently, three-time US Figure Skating champion Jeremy Abbott. He is the recipient of a Youngs Fellowship and is the winner of the prestigious Envision Award for the Arts in both 2004 and 2008. Steven has been part of the The Gold team from the first reading through two Houston productions. He is delighted to see it finally arriving in New York City at NYMF.


Sharon Fallon

(Productions/Practical Producing)

Sharon is an independent Theatre Producer, General Manager and Consultant.   Her consulting practice, Practical Producing, specializes in bridging the gap between art and business. She works with early career and emerging producers to help them create productions that are both financially viable and artistically satisfying.  NYMF:  General Manager Oprahfication (2014) and Pope! An Epic Musical (2015).  She is the Executive Producer of The Bench - a Journey into Love, a new theatrical dance musical being developed in conjunction with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.  Broadway: Beautiful (Broadway, London & National Tour) and the Broadway bound Gotta Dance.


Cindi Rush

(Casting)

NY: Promising, Ruthless, Disenchanted, Drop Dead Perfect, Under My Skin, Silence!,Rooms, Jacques Brel, Urinetown.The Thing About Men, Home Street Home, Regional Theaters including Triad Stage, Hudson Stage, Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co. Film: The Grief of Others (SXSW/Cannes), Runoff (L.A Film Fest), Policy of Truth (SOHO Film Fest), The Woman (Sundance), Funeral Kings (SXSW) Ghoul, Theresa is a Mother, Jugface (Slamdance), In The Family (Independent Spirit) Consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (1999-Present).