I am in New York as I write this completing work on another project.
During this visit, I have been coordinating with our general managers and executive producers, Perry Street Theatricals, to coordinate the first workshop of Castle Gillian, in New York City in October 2020.
The planning and logistics for this enterprise is, to say the least, complex. It’s not as we haven’t been through it before, so we’re ever more consciously aware of how much time we need to do all the things that have to be in place for a major three-week workshop of a new musical.
After a number of planning and pre-production meetings over the last ten days, I am delighted to announce the newest addition to the creative team of Castle Gillian is the outstanding New York-based choreographer & Musical Staging Dircetor – Staś Kmieć.
Staś’s credits include the much lauded production of Fiddler on the Roof (performed in Yiddish) that is a surprise hit on the New York theater scene.
Other works include: the LA premiere of My Antonia (music by Stephen Schwartz), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Ireland), Me and My Girl tour, Elephant Man, Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore, Die Fledermaus, Nutcracker, Films – The Comedian, Trust the Man. Artistic Director: Ballet Western-Reserve, Lubliniacy Folk Ensemble, Sarabande Repertory Ensemble.
Awards include: New York Musical Festival’s “Excellence in Choreography” for the Purcell-Kazan musical – The Mapmaker’s Opera (now titled The Stranger from Seville). Poland’s highest cultural honor – the Oskar Kolberg Award, 2019 Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Citation for “Best Musical Revival.”
He is a member of the professional theatrical unions: Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA, American Guild of Musical Artists.