Laurie Brown Kindred
Producer & Host
Laurie Brown Kindred (Producer & Host) originally hails from south Louisiana. After studying theatre for three years at Stephens College in Columbia, MO (the second oldest women’s college in the United States), she moved with her then boyfriend, now husband to Philadelphia and soon after New York City. For the next 14 years, she worked with Don Frantz at Town Square Productions, where managed and created live entertainment and special events. From Broadway to Off-Broadway, to China and theme parks to corporate events and non-profits, her talents and skills have been used on almost every platform. With TSP, she served as Production Manager for the original international-award winning musical KaTonga at Busch Gardens Tampa (2004 IAAPA’s Big E Award), Wagner’s Gotterdammerung with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and SeaWorld Adventure Parks’ Believe, in which she also served as Video Director (winner of 2006 IAAPA’s Big E Award and THEA’s Best Outdoor Show Award. In 2007, she helped open the Nederlander’s Broadway China headquarters in Beijing, which led her to managing China’s first Broadway production, Soul of Shaolin in 2009, and the 2008 Chinese production of Dream of Red Chamber at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. As Associate General Manager, she worked on Broadway’s A Tale of Two Cities and Off Broadway’s Summer of ’42 and All Too Human (also directed). Since 2009, she has managed the annual cultural event, Japan Day @ Central Park, which is attended by more than 50,000 people each year. After leaving TSP, she served as Managing Director for The Center at West Park, responsible for converting the West Park Presbyterian Church into a cultural arts center and organizing its capital campaign restoration project. In 2015, she served as Associate Producer on the documentary, Thao’s Library, which won the Audience Award at Bentonville Film Festival, thus was given a 19 city viewing at AMC theatres across the country. As of 2017, she has served as Production Manager at Pace University’s School of Performing Arts in downtown Manhattan, in charge of mounting their 14 various annual productions ranging from plays and musical, to large-scale dance concerts, devised ensemble work and short films.
Within her personal life, she married her college sweetheart Graham Kindred in 2002, and became a mom to their identical twins, Penelope & Sophia, in 2008. But it wasn’t until 2011, when life really challenged their family and she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer after doing a self-exam. For the next 11 months, when their daughters were just three years old, she had a double mastectomy, went through 4.5 months of chemo and 6 weeks of radiation. Life throughout all of it, continued. But during that time, Laurie found her voice and strength by blogging her journey through cancer. Her writing became her therapy and brought forth the dirty truths of people diagnosed and living with breast cancer. Before her cancer returned nearly nine years later, she had already been working on the podcast to highlight not only her story, but the stories of many others. But at the start of the pandemic, a random cat scan, authorized simple because she had symptoms similar to shingles, showed that her cancer had metastasized to her lower spine, making her want to jumpstart getting those voices heard much more.
In her ‘spare time,’ Laurie is a lead volunteer at Jenny’s Garden, in West Harlem, a community garden that services not only her local neighborhood but also a nearby soup kitchen. The garden has become her second form of therapy, giving her strength in giving back to so many in need, and a beacon of natural beauty in a world where we see the ugly more often than we’d like.
Becca Ayers - She/Her/Hers (Original Theme Music & more!) will originate the role of Mr. McKean in Broadway’s (newer) revival of the musical 1776, directed by Diane Paulus. Other Broadway credits include My Fair Lady (revival), The Addams Family, South Pacific (original revival cast), Les Miserables (original 1st revival cast), and Avenue Q. As a singer/songwriter, Becca contributed to “Lovesick”, "Simple Wish" (single) and “Spazcandy” (with The Perfectly Violent Dream). She and Russ Rowland recorded "brainypants" and "Baresongs/F**ksongs” with their band, Baby Goes Bang. Becca sang on the original cast recordings of Dogfight, Dear Evan Hansen, Giant, Sarah, Plain and Tall, and South Pacific. She's participated in comedy improv (Upright Citizens Brigade) and dramatic improv (“42 Seconds of Happiness” and “Clear Blue Tuesday”). Her short film with Brooke Jacob “Snuggle Buddies” (about professional cuddlers) is streamable on Amazon, and couldn’t have happened without Laurie Brown Kindred.
Headshot photo credit: Russ Rowland - insta: @RussRowland
Justin West (Original Artwork) is a New York City based scenic, projection, and graphic designer. He has designed for plays, opera, ballet, and musicals; as well as event and interior design. His work has been described as "compelling" (New York Times for I'm a Stranger Here Myself), "evocative" (TimeOut for I'm A Stranger Here Myself), "excellent" (Theatermania for A Taste of Things to Come), and "visually arresting" (Curtainup, for Tennessee Williams 1982). A Houston, Texas native, Justin grew up with a background in construction and a passion for the arts. He enjoys scenic design, projection design, digital arts, scenic painting, model building, poster design, animation, and anything in between. He strives to better himself in each discipline and continually encourages each medium to influence the other. Justin is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. He is a graduate of Pace University with degrees in performing arts design and digital arts.
Alec Addalia is a New York City based production designer and filmmaker who strives to create compelling stories with raw emotion and stunning narrative detail. Alec holds a BFA in Production and Design for Stage and Screen from Pace University and has been working on film sets for years, learning new things in the classroom and out in the field. Some highlights include The Unborn produced by MiLa Media, The Perfect One produced by The Moving Picture Institute and The Shuroo Process with Incline Productions and EmCo Entertainment.