BTG Guest Artist BIO’s
Michael Johnson - Teaching the class will be Michael J. Johnson, SAFD Fight Director and Certified Teacher. Dueling Arts International Master Teacher and Senior Fight Director. Michael has been a professional actor, director and fight director for umpteen million years, working at several Regional Theatres, including Off Square and Riot Act, Inc.. He has taught at various regional stage combat workshops and at several universities and acting conservatories around the country, including his alma mater – UNC School of the Arts. The fifth-fourth partner of the six full partners of Fights 4, (Your head will explode if you think about that too long) a stage combat group in NYC. He currently teaches Stage Combat at Boston University’s School of Theatre.
AJ Meijer is a newly minted Artist in Residence with JWT (Jewish Womens Theatre in LA)He recently appeared as Elias Kattan in the season eight premier of NCIS:LA. Prior to that, he made his New York theater debut in the original cast of the smash hit Heathers: The Musical. Film: Nina (with Common and Mary Elizabeth Winstead), Life Partners (with Adam Brody and Leighton Meester), Broken Horses (with Vincent D’Onfrio and Anton Yelchin). He co-founded Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble and was seen in their productions of The War Cycle (Ovation Award nomination). Regional: Lennie in Of Mice and Men at TheatreWorks, Silicon Valley; All About Gordon at the Ahmanson; Getty Center with the National Theatre of Greece; Tug of War at the Getty Villa. Graduate of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film, and Television. He also co-hosts the weekly industry-focused podcast Inside Acting. Learn more at www.insideacting.net
Jasmin Bristow a consummate performer and a seasoned teacher, has been dancing for over 30 years. First and foremost a classically trainer ballet dancer, she studied at prestigious Vaganova method schools in Australia before completing training with the Vienna State Opera Ballet school. In addition to her classical ballet repertoire, Jasmin has studied and performed, modern, jazz, flamenco, character, and musical theater. Most recently Jasmin has studied Musical Theater in New York at the Alvin Ailey school.
Jasmin has been teaching since 2000, inspiring young - and older artists alike - with the joy of dance and the power of storytelling trough movement.
Nels Martin with over fifty years in the entertainment industry, Nels has worked in nearly every aspect of stage production. He specializes in Scenic and Lighting Design, and has spent time as the production stage manager for Disneyland California. Growing up in the Seattle he started work in Theatre in high school. There was never enough shows in school to satisfy his young budding hunger for theatre, so he joined the local Community Theatre and was soon working and set designing. For collage Nels chose sunny San Diego for his degree in Theatrical Design from USIU School of Performing Arts. He made San Diego home after collage and for 20 years he worked for nearly every performing arts company in the county. Twenty five years ago he made a move to eastern Pensilvania. Again designing for Theatre’s, Colleges, and Ballet’s in the Lancaster area. Recently he retired to Coos Bay, so he has spoil his four grandchildren.
Michael originally from Boston, started out as a classical actor with extensive training in Boston, San Diego, and Los Angeles. With over 50 musicals and plays under his belt, he has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, from Broadway to Los Angeles, and Europe as well. Michael wowed LA audiences as Don Lockwood (the Gene Kelly role) in the critically acclaimed stage production of Singin’ In The Rain. Broadway and National Tour credits include Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley & Carl Anderson, Carousel, Evita, Sophisticated Ladies, Pippin, Camelot, & Fiddler On The Roof. Regional credits include West Side Story, Brigadoon, A Chorus Line, Kiss Me Kate, Grease, & A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to name but a few. As a director/choreographer, Michael has staged numerous musical productions, such as Evita, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Man of La Mancha, Singin’ In The Rain, and many others. He also had the privilege of staging two tribute shows – one for the beautiful Deana Martin, for her tribute show to her dad, Dean Martin, and Songs My Mother Taught Me, for the wonderful Lorna Luft, a one woman show honoring her mother, Judy Garland. Michael’s talents are not just limited to the stage. He has appeared on numerous television shows, such as Desperate Housewives, The District, Alias, NCIS, and more. His film appearances include roles in Charlie’s Angels II: Full Throttle, S.W.A.T., Bruce Almighty, and several independent films. Recently, he co-starred in the musical comedy, How Sweet It Is, with Paul Sorvino, Joe Piscopo, and Erika Christensen. Recently he produced and acted in the action thriller The Bus Driver, and horror thriller Death House. He appeared in the emotional drama Imperfect Sky, comedy films Garlic & Gunpowder and Stan The Man as well as guest starring in hit drama series Hawaii Five-O. Most recently he co created and executive produced Dinner With Don, a hit digital series starring the late comedy icon Don Rickles. Dinnerwithdon.com
Pam Drew Phillips
Pam has conducted the Broadway companies of Crazy For You and Jerome Robbins Broadway the National touring companies of On Your Toes, and Evita including the Scandinavian company. She has played in many Broadway show’s including Cats, City of Angels, Les Miserables and Secret Garden.She was the featured solo pianist on the film Crossing Delancey and performed with the American Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra. Her jazz credits include Lainie Kazan, Glen Miller Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Betty Buckley, and Manhattan Rhythm Kings.
She composed the music to Charlotte and Shaw, a musical that was performed at Musical Theatre Works in New Your City and Petticoat Rules with writer and composer Mary Murfitt, which was performed in Jackson Wyoming at the new Center For The Arts Theatre. Pam also composed and recorded a CD of solo piano pieces entitled, Open Country and most recently a jazz CD entitled Play Piano Play. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music with a BM in piano performance.
Gina Feliccia began her theatre experience through out San Diego County, before moving to New York at the early age of 18. She continued to follow her dream while studying at the American Academy for the Performing Arts, and privately with some of New York’s finest vocal coaches. Gina walked the yellow brick road to stardom on Broadway after starring as Dorothy in the National Tour of the Wizard of Oz. She was the first female to be contracted for both starring roles Cosette and Eponine in the Broadway Cast as well as the National Touring Company of Les Miserables. Gina toured and performed in professional productions such as Camelot, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Ava in Evita and Marian in Music Man. She has performed in numerous industrial’s and concerts both in the USA and out of the country, from Montreal to Mexico. Gina has performed in more than 50 musical’s and concerts since the age of 12. Highlights from her youth include Maria in West Side Story, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Mona Kent in Dames At Sea.
Among Gina’s own performance experience she proudly is creative producer for Big City Broadway for the last 15 years. It is a collaboration with childhood friend and fellow Broadway performer, Eric Kunze. Big City Broadway or BCB as it sometimes is referred to as, was designed “to give students opportunity’s Eric and I never had”. To work along side working professionals, build real industry relationships, and prepare for college and career. Gina’s passions are musical theatre producing and directing, her children, Sofia and Giuliana and her hunky husband Zach!
Lighting Designer/AEA Stage Manager
Jennifer is so excited and honored to be coming back to Jackson Hole and working with the uber talented group of Bridging The Gap artists and performers.
Jennifer has been working professionally in technical theatre since the age of twelve. Finding her passion in lighting and stage management she continued on that path through CalArts and theatres around the world. Jennifer is so grateful to have designed lighting for entertainment superstars such as Debbie Reynolds, Vicki Lawrence, Eric McCormack, Mitzi Gaynor, Hal Linden, Jenny O’Hara, Alan Shearman, Cloris Leachman, Joe Bologna and Rene Taylor.
Lighting Designs/Stage Management include: Resident LD/SM for the Welk Resort Theatre since 1998, Tarzan, The Musical (Moonlight Amphitheater), Broomstick and My Manana Comes (Fountain Theatre), For The Love of Judy (Jackson Hole PAC), El GRANDE Circus de Coca Cola (Skylight and Colony), Broadway and Beyond (Alex Theatre), Step Up (Pasadena Playhouse), Celtic Fusion (Eden Court Theatre), West Side Story (Poway Center for the Arts), Into the Woods (S.D. Starlight Bowl) The Full Monty (Birch North Park Theatre), Dreamgirls (S.D. Lyceum), Britain's Finest (Venetian) and many others.
Nick Cottingham is a Jackson Hole native who got his start in music with the local hip-hop group Biomecca. After moving to San Francisco to pursue an audio production degree at the Art Institute of California San Francisco and working with the likes of Grieves of indie-hip hop powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment and legendary emcee Phesto of Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics fame, he settled in Los Angeles for a year, founding the pop/hip-hop collective BabeWave. Nick recently moved back to Jackson and continues to collaborate with both local and internationally recognized musicians. Most recently he licensed a song he co-produced, mixed and mastered to Apple for an Apple Music tutorial video on their website. Nick has worked in several recording studios, and has over a decade of experience in sound design, recording, mixing, and mastering music of all types including children's books, jazz bands, hip hop, pop, folk, country, classical, and bluegrass, as well as post-production and sound design for film and television for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Teton Gravity Research, and ESPN. He has licensed music to several television shows on MTV as well as Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Nick is an entrepreneur at heart and along with a degree in Audio Production has a degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Notre Dame.