KELLI JAMES CHASE (Guest)
You’ve seen her locally in roles like Mama Rose and Mrs. Potts and Carlotta in FOLLIES.
She launched her career singing “Turn Back, Oh Man” and made her first big mark as the first Norht American Eponine in the original Broadway production of LES MISERABLES.
She owns and coaches in Scottsdale at her studio THE BROADWAY ADVANTAGE
JAMES MAY (PRODUCER)
James May is a Scottsdale native, and now resident, and he also has decades of experience working on Broadway, National Tours, and International productions.
His credits include A Chorus Line, The Lion King, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, La Cage aux Folles, and he was long-time accompanist and musical director to the legendary John Raitt (as in the original star of Carousel and Pajama Game… And also father to Bonnie Raitt!)
BRENDA JEAN FOLEY & WILL ROGERS (CO-HOSTS)
BRIDGE CORE Artist
Brian Foley is an Educator, Interdisciplinary Performer, Event Producer, and Theatre Director. He has been a vaudevillian and circus artist for more than thirty years, and has two degrees in theatre, one from NYU and the terminal degree from ASU, Phi Kappa Phi. His award-winning work has been seen around the country and around the world, and he uses his work to build a more just and sustainable community via imaginative and virtuosic play. You can learn more at vvphx.com
THE PRE-SHOW WARM UP
Special Thanks To ASU KERR Staff
General Manager, ASU KERR
Production Manager, ASU KERR
ABOUT ASU KERR
ASU Kerr Cultural Center
6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(west of Scottsdale Rd. off of Rose Ln.)
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
ASU Kerr is a historic, self-sustaining venue that is part of ASU Cultural Affairs. Our small staff and facility strives to present a diverse mix of live music, storytelling and theater and share the unique stories of local, national and international artists. World music, indie folk, jazz, soul, baroque pop and more grace our stage each season. We currently produce free live streamed events to give greater access to music and storytelling, providing performance opportunities for artists and maintaining the connection between ASU Kerr, audiences, the arts and each other.
Consider helping sustain ASU Kerr with a donation to the venue. We are shouldering unprecedented costs in creating paid performance opportunities for artists that are free to the public during the venue’s temporary hiatus. As a self-sustaining venue, we our only income streams are from ticket sales, rental bookings and the generosity of donors.
We are doing our best to bring the joy of music and the arts to you in new ways, and hope those able to financially support the venue’s mission of Connecting Communities™ will do so. Your help is vital in ensuring that the shows will go on–online for now–and in person once it is safe for us to gather again.
The Bridge Initiative
The Bridge Initiative uses theatre to amplify historically underrepresented voices and build community, leading with gender parity.
The Bridge Initiative builds bridges between underrepresented groups and majority stakeholders. To this end, we:
- Aspire to anti-racism and amplification of all marginalized populations
- Hire majority female/trans/non-binary creative teams
- Provide equitable compensation for all production positions on and offstage
- Engage with the media
- Partner with other theatre companies locally and nationally
- Host community conversations
- Empower emerging and established local artists from marginalized groups to attain leadership positions
- Center access for both artists and audience
- Remain open to unanticipated projects that widen our inclusivity and reach