A two-time Tony and Drama Desk award nominee, and recipient of the Theater World, Obie and Blockbuster awards. Daphne is best known for her celebrated performances as the original Mimi in Rent and Conchita in Anna in the Tropics, both Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway shows for which she was nominated for Tony awards. She has also starred in the Broadway revivals of The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Magenta and Les Miserables as Fantine. Her film credits include detective Gloria Perez in Wild Things starring Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon, for which she received the Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress, Tia in Flawless opposite Robert De Niro, and most recently, reprising the role of Lucy in the film version of Jack Goes Boating, Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial film debut.
Making a star turn as an actress in Fall to Rise, Katherine is best known as a premiere dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company as well as a featured dancer in Baryshnikov’s production Achille’s Heels as Helen of Troy. She has appeared in runway shows for Alexander McQueen and Victoria’s Secret, on the PBS Masters’ Series: Martha Graham and has worked with luminaries Robert Wilson and Anne Bogart in the theater as an actor. Ms. Crockett made her film debut in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
A two-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award, and winner of The Made in NY Award, acclaimed actress, director and producer, Tamara Tunie is best known around the world for her role as Medical Examiner Melinda Warner on Law & Order: SVU. Ms. Tunie starred on Broadway with Denzel Washington in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and with Lena Horne in the Broadway musical Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music. Her film credits include Flight, The Devil’s Advocate, City Hall, Eve’s Bayou and The Caveman’s Valentine. Last summer, Ms. Tunie went behind the camera, producing and directing her first feature film entitled See You in September, and became a Broadway producer for the Tony Award winning musical Spring Awakening and August Wilson’s Tony Award nominated Radio Golf.
With his technical virtuosity and statuesque expressive demeanor, Desmond Richardson has been hailed as among the great dancers of his time. Described on the Ballet Magazine website as a “moving sculpture, body that is art, passing through time and space with power and grace — all parts connected, never stopping but heart-stopping in beauty and complexity.” Richardson is an international performer, trained at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Center & the International Summer Dez Tanz in Köln, Germany. He has been a Principal dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater and Ballet Frankfurt under the direction of William Forsythe. Touring extensively throughout the world, Richardson has danced at The Met, Teatro al la Scala, Paris Opera, The Bolshoi in Moscow and The Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has appeared on Broadway in Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s production The Look of Love, choreographed by Ann Reinking and Scott Ellis, in the original cast of Fossee, and starredin Twyla Tharp’s Broadway dance musical, Movin Out as Tony for which he received a Tony nomination. Mr. Richardson has been a featured performer with Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna and Aretha Franklin and been featured in the films Chicago, Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, and Patrick Swayze’s One Last Dance. He is the recipient of The Dance Magazine award, Capezio award, LA Ovation award, Bessie award, 1986 Young Arts alumnus and Presidential Scholar of the Arts and is the co-artistic director and co-founder of the acclaimed dance company, Complexions, in New York City.
Kohl made his film debut in director John Turturro’s Illuminata (1997) playing Christopher Walken’s concubine. The following year he appeared in two films, 54 (1998) as Rhett, and Rounders (1998) as Wagner with Edward Norton and Matt Damon. Sudduth’s breakthrough role came in 1999 with Bowfinger (1999) playing Slater, an aspiring actor, opposite Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, and Heather Graham. In 2000, Sudduth appeared in two films, the teen comedy Road Trip (2000) as Mark, and the Masterpiece Theater television film Cora Unashamed (2000) as Joe in a drama based on the Langston Hughes short story. Throughout this period, he also appeared in several television series, including one episode of All My Children (1997) as Rick the waiter, one episode of Sex and the City (1998) as Kim Cattrall’s love interest Jon, one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) as Riley Couger, and 17 episodes of Grosse Pointe (2000–2001) as Quentin King and Stone Anders. Sudduth is best known for his role as Luther “Suitcase” Simpson co-starring opposite Tom Selleck in eight Jesse Stone television films (2005–2012).
Jon Rua’s talents have crossed all mediums from Broadway & tv and film to concert work & music videos. Starring on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody as Jesus Pena, In The Heights as Sonny & Graffiti Pete. Additional theater credits include Somewhere at the Old Globe (Craig Noel Leading Actor Nomination), Kung Fu, Bring It On The Musical, Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Damn Yankees. TV: Law & Order. Jon is well versed as a dancer and has worked with PHISH, Mariah Carey, Don Omar, Target, BillBoard, Puma, Reebok, IBM, Panasonic. He unites his abilities as a choreographer and is making a name for himself. Working with Phish, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, Brooklynettes, Broadway Bares, Emmy Award-Winning webisode ‘Chaos Theory’, Nick Blaemire & The Hustle, CBS, MTV, and assisted various Broadway shows such as On Your Feet, Bring It On The Musical and In The Heights. Currently he is assisting and performing in the highly anticipated musical Hamilton at the Public Theater. With years of experience, Jon teaches at Broadway Dance Center, spreading his movement THEGrit. www.JonRua.com