Benjamin D. Goldberg is an attorney at D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., a global investment and technology development firm, where he focuses on technology, intellectual property, outsourcing, professional services and other related contracts. Prior to joining D. E. Shaw, he worked in house at Barclays Bank PLC and as an associate at Robinson & Cole LLP. Ben received his B.A., cum laude, from New York University (Journalism, Political Science) and his J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ben also sits on the Board of Directors of the off-Broadway Transport Group Theater Company and is active in the theater community.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in Theater Arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written more than one hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare. She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages. She has written over 100 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from Walden Books, B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times and more. Heather has also become the proud recipient of the Silver Bullet from Thriller Writers. Heather has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, Mystery Book Club, People and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including Today, Entertainment Tonight and local television. Heather loves travel and anything that has to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. She also loves ballroom dancing. Each year she hosts the Vampire Ball and Dinner Theater at the RT convention raising money for the Pediatric Aids Society and in 2006 she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken gulf region. She is also the founder of “The Slush Pile Players”, presenting something that’s almost like entertainment for various conferences and benefits. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living. The complete Flynn Brothers Trilogy has been released: Deadly Gift, Deadly Harvest and Deadly Night. Other books available are Nightwalker, Dust to Dust, July, Unhallowed Ground, Home in Time for Christmas and her first illustrated book, There Be Dragons.
S. Margaret Pike is an attorney and small business owner based in North Carolina. She is active on many boards including Salem Academy & College Board of Trustees, NC Banker’s Association’s Camp Challenge, and Friends of Brenner Children’s Hospital. After working in public relations, advertising, and media relations, Margaret earned her law degree from Wake Forest University. She practiced in the area of litigation before launching Graduate Enterprises LLC, a rental property management venture. She is married with two wonderful children. Margaret is passionate about theater and thrilled to have The Performing Arts Project’s Summer Intensive in her current hometown.
Monica Raymund is best known for her roles as Gabriela Dawson on NBC’s Chicago Fire, Ria Torres in the Fox crime drama Lie to Me, starring Tim Roth, and as Dana Lodge in the hit CBS series The Good Wife. She will be featured this year in the new film Arbitrage alongside Richard Gere, and has appeared on television on Blue Bloods, and Law & Order: SVU. On stage, Monica has appeared regionally in productions such as Jose Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted (Huntington Theater), Elizabeth Meriwether’s Oliver Parker! and alongside John Larroquette (Cherry Lane). As a producer, she produces full seasons of theater as a member of the LA-based company The Mechanicals Theatre Group, and with her solo venture Sisu Theatrical Productions, LLC, is currently producing the brand new musical Volleygirls, was an investor in the smash-hit Broadway production of Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, is co-producing and starring in a 3-D film Subkid, headed by DemandZ Productions, and is an investor in the current Broadway production of Godspell. As a teacher, Monica serves on the faculty of the Communications program at the Heifetz International Music Institute, is a former acting teacher at the Broadway Theatre Project, and volunteers at the non-profit organization Hollywood Arts where she also serves as a member of the Board of Directors.
John Styles is the founder of StylesFour Productions. Along with his partner, Dave Clemmons, StylesFour has produced projects for Broadway, Off Broadway as well as National and Regional Tours. New York Credits include Broadway: Once, Driving Miss Daisy (James Earl Jones & Vanessa Redgrave), The Pee-wee Herman Show, Spring Awakening (Jonathan Groff & Lea Michelle), Talk Radio (Liev Schreiber). Off Broadway: Bat Boy, Judy Gold’s 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, and An Intimate Evening with Frank Wildhorn & Friends. StylesFour has won numerous awards including the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Lortel Award, among others. Projects in development: Scott Alan and book writer Christy Hall’s HOME the musical. In addition to StylesFour, John is a founder, shareholder and Executive Producing Partner of OBB/Off Broadway Booking (www.OBBNYC.com). Co-investing alongside other Broadway and Regional theatrical organizations such as Alan Wasser and Associates, the Prather Entertainment Group and Orin Wolf, OBB was established in 2005 as a booking agency dedicated to the promotion and awareness of Off Broadway as a brand of excellence in theater to audiences outside of New York City. OBB has grown into a full-service booking agency and production company placing Broadway musicals, Off Broadway musicals, special events and award-winning solo shows in theaters, both across the United States as well as internationally. OBB has successfully booked more than 50 shows since its inception.
Nikole Vallins is an independent producer, casting director and artistic consultant. Most recently, she was the Artistic Consultant for the Choreography and Equity Departments at McDonald Selznick Agency. She left to start her own company as an audition coach. Producing projects include Indomitable: James Brown at Le Poisson Rouge, National Asian Artist’s Project’s Oklahoma! and Steven Jamail’s Concert at Hudson Terrace. As a casting director, she has worked at Binder Casting and at Dave Clemmons Casting on such projects as A Chorus Line, Finian’s Rainbow, White Christmas, The Lion King, Gypsy, the NY City Center Encores! Series and the feature film, Hairspray. She is also a co-creator of The Next Step Audition Workshop in NYC. Nikole is on the Artistic Advisory board of Rosie’s Broadway Kids and was a faculty member at The Broadway Theatre Project for seven years.