Lucius M. Dyal, Jr. (Jake) is currently a Vice President at the Dole Berry Company, LLC. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1966, and is board certified in international law. Jake is also an honorary member of Bar Associations of Lima, Peru and the Republic of Honduras as well as the past Chair of the International Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar. He has more than 40 years of experience in international commercial transactions including structuring investments, and forming and monitoring offshore corporations. Other activities and offices held include: Society of International Business Fellows (President); Advisory Board of the University of South Florida College of Engineering (Chairman); Tampa Foreign Trade Zone Board (Chairman); Tampa World Trade Council (Chairman); Museum of Science & Industry Foundation (Chairman); Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce (General Counsel); University of Florida College of Law Board of Trustees. Jake is a proud graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, has served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida.
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 Mr. Styles is a producer of theater and other projects principle in New York and Los Angeles. In addition to his independent producing, he and his partner Orin Wolf merged their company OBBNYC with AWA Partners (Alan Wasser and Allan Williams). AWA is a full service live entertainment agency, distributing musicals, plays, variety, and family attractions to theaters, arenas, and amphitheaters domestically and internationally. Broadway credits include: Beautiful the music of Carole King, ORPHANS (TONY Nominee), ONCE (9 TONY Awards), Driving Miss Daisy (James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave), the PeeWee Herman Show, Talk Radio (TONY Nominee), Spring Awakening (8 TONY Awards). London: ONCE, Spring Awakening (4 Laurence Olivier Awards). Off Broadway: Judy Gold’s 25 Questions (Ars Nova); Robert Wuhl’s Assume the Position (Ars Nova) and Hand to God. National/Regional productions or bookings: ONCE, Spring Awakening, Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, American Idiot, Hair, I Love Lucy on Stage, Fiddler on the Roof, Stories by Heart staring John Lithgow, An Evening with Patti Lapone & Mandy Patinkin, A Christmas Story, An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Nathan Gunn, Chaplin the Musical, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, They’re Playing His Songs: The Music of Marvin Hamlisch, Footloose, Almost Heaven Robert Wuhl’s Assume the Position, You Say Tomato I Say Shut Up!, Seth Rudetsky’s Big Fat Broadway Show, Adam Pascal LIVE, All Shook Up, ‘S Wonderful, History of the World, the Wedding Singer, Without You-starring Anthony Wrapp, a kid’s life, Runt of the Litter, SHOUT!, The Judy Show, blast, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, The Rat Pack Show and Gilligans Island the musical among others. Current projects include NYC: The Band’s Visit (Hal Prince, Itamar Moses and David Yazbeck) LA: The Submarine Kid (Deborah Del Prete, Monica Raymond, Finn Wittrock & Eric Bilitch).
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.