Joseph “JB” Barry – (Company General Manager)
returns once again for the Interlakes 10th Anniversary Season and brings over 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry, including 16 years of national and international theme park experience, Off-Broadway, theatre performance, and “live” stunt show productions. JB’s introduction to theme park entertainment began in Tokyo, Japan where played an integral role in opening Sanrio Puroland theme park as a Production Manager for the Landmark Entertainment Group. He rehearsed both Japanese and American cast members, and provided overall project definition, planning, and execution of the entertainment segment. For Universal Studios Orlando, JB was Area Manager of Entertainment, where he was responsible and accountable for multiple “live” entertainment venues. At Walt Disney World Entertainment, JB was Production Manager for the entertainment install of high profile venues such as: Fantasmic! and Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show at the Disney MGM-Studios. He developed all safety programs, training, and standard operating procedures for the facility, including stunt trainers, performance drivers, and crew. He also was integral in the risk assessment of all precision driving stunts. The past several years JB has been a freelance production manager and stage caller for various production companies in Orlando and throughout the U.S. His expertise is in project planning and management, and show development. His experience will truly add to the Interlakes Summer Theatre team of dedicated professionals.
Joseph “JB” Barry – (Company General Manager)
Brian Feehan (Director) – is an award winning director, choreographer and writer who has worked professionally for over three decades. He began his career as an actor, singer and dancer, attending the prestigious Goodman School of Drama as well as the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and was one of thirty recruited by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, where he learned directly from Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Anthony Hopkins, and the late Alan Rickman. He has directed and taught seminars at Yale University, Fordham University, the Walnut Hill School of the Arts and beginning this autumn he will be on the faculty of the American Musical Theatre Academy in New York. Recently, he was Associate Director with multiple Emmy and Drama Desk Award winner and multiple Tony Nominee, Patricia Birch “GREASE” on the new musical “ORPHAN TRAIN”. He was nominated for Best Choreography by the Philadelphia Critics Circle for his production of “JACQUES BREL”, nominated for a Wilde Award for Best Professional Production for his direction of “THE 39 STEPS” and won the Audience Favorite Award for his production of “NUNSENSE” at The Dorset Theatre Festival. He received the Golden Leaf Best Director Award for his production of “THE LION IN WINTER” also at the Dorset; and the Founder’s Award for Best Direction in New York City for the Oppy Award winning “CARRIN BEGINNING”. At Interlakes, he has directed and choreographed numerous productions including, HAIRSPRAY, CABARET, A CHORUS LINE, SINGING IN THE RAIN, CHICAGO, WEST SIDE STORY, 42ND STREET, SOUND OF MUSIC and both production of BUDDY HOLLY to name just a few.
As a writer, Brian was invited to attend the renowned Iowa Writer’s Conference. He has multiple published short stories and several published plays: (Heuer Publishing). “HEAD GAMES” was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, a finalist for the American Globe play festival in NYC, at the Lost Theatre Co. in London and the Summer Shorts series in New Jersey. “A fascinating look at how neurosis can be contagious” – Montclair Times. The screenplay version was selected for the Beverly Hills Film Festival 2010. “MARTINIS AND MIDNIGHT” was also part of the American Globe Festival, as well as the Lost Theater. His adapation of the JM Barrie classic “PETER PAN” played the Dorset Theater Festival. “The most intriguing and exciting production of the DTF season” Vermont Today. He has been a member of SDC, AEA, SAG, AFTRA, and AGVA. For more info: www.brianfeehan.com.
Chaz Wolcott (Director/Choreographer of CATS) makes his directorial debut at Interlakes Theatre with a show he adores and can’t wait to share with the audiences in Meredith! This will be Chaz’s 8th production of CATS, but his first at the helm. Previous credits as Director/Choreographer include Newsies at The Legacy Theatre, Mary Poppins at Forestburgh Playhouse, multiple productions at Gretna Theatre & numerous cabarets for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Chaz has performed all over the country on the National Tours of Disney’s Newsies (Buttons) and CATS (Mr. Mistoffelees), and can be seen in the movie adaptation of Newsies: The Broadway Musical. Chaz is a popular dance instructor at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and travels the country teaching for The Broadway Collective. For more, visit chazwolcott.com or follow @dancinchaz! Chaz is thankful to Nancy Barry and the team at Interlakes Theatre for the opportunity and thanks you for supporting live theatre!