Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SUMMER STAGE 2016 Who We Are










ABOUT OUR STAFF

Cagle McDonald - ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Prior to Clocktower Players, founded and ran the enormously popular performing arts
center Cagle & Company Arts Warehouse in Dobbs Ferry. She has directed and
produced hundreds of shows for performers of all ages, was instrumental in the
development of Rivertowns Teen Summer Stock, a collaborative quad-village theater program, and in
2013 initiated Clocktower Players first-ever summer program, SUMMER STAGE. The recipient of the
2009 Cab Calloway Lifetime Achievement Award, Cagle was thrilled to produce Clocktower Players gala
fundraisers starring a host of Broadway performers including Tony-winner Ann Duquesnay, Liz Callaway,
Randy Graff, Terri Klausner,Joshua Henry, Ruby Dee; Rob Evan; Marni Nixon; Jace Alexander, Maddie
Corman, Joel Higgins, Richard Seff; John Danelle and Jane Alexander.  Cagle  is a graduate of the
Theater Department of Indiana University and the Dallas Theater Center. Her career as an actress
includes stage, film and television credits. She considers working under the tutelage of Philip Rose on the
landmark production of Purlie, which brought a primarily African-American cast to the Irvington stage for
the very first time, a highlight  of her development as a director. Favorite co- production: Mary Caitlin. 

George Croom - DIRECTOR, MUSICAL DIRECTOR  has served as music director
for over 150  productions, As an actor, he has appeared in national tours of Evita, and
Purlie; off-Broadway in Celebration (first NY revival), The Wind In The WillowsThe
Elephant Piece, 
and Sweethearts; regional productions include Cats, Ain’t Misbehavin,
As You Like It, Angels In America
 (both parts), Bat Boy, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Complete
Works Of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
. He has directed productions of Spamalot, Company,
Dreamgirls, Bloodbrothers, Sweeney Todd, Damn Yankees, On The Twentieth Century
 and Me And
My Girl
. For Clocktower, he has directed productions of In The Heights, 9 To 5, Hairspray, You Can’t
Take It With You, The Odd Couple
; as  MD Ragtime, Cabaret, Legally Blonde and Nine; as an actor
La Cage Aux Folles and Swing! 

Josue Jasmin - CHOREOGRAPHER was born in Brooklyn and developed his
extraordinary love for dance and theater at a very early age. This love grew as
Josue connected with the Young Professional Division at Alvin Ailey School and
the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. In addition, Josue had the privilege to train
at the Ballet School of Stamford, was selected for the New Hampshire City ballet, and as a principle
 dancer with the world-renowned Locust Contemporary Dance Company in NYC. His passion for
dance extended to teaching and choreography as he began teaching at Brass City Ballet. Josue
choreographed, and danced for the recording Pop Star artist Neil Nathan on the TODAY SHOW,
and R&B singer Rain during her US tour. Josue also choreographed for the 2004 - 2005 VIBE
MAGAZINE’S fashion show for BET and NEW FACE DEVELOPMENT INC. IMTA NY and LA. His
theater credits include: Guys & Dolls, La Cage Aux Falls, Raisin in the Sun, The Colored Museum,
Oklahoma, Pajama Game, Into the Woods, Dreamgirls, Once on this Island, Ragtime, Swing, Kiss
me Kate
…and the list goes on. Camelot was his Clocktower Players debut as choreographer.

Jennifer Jonas - CHOREOGRAPHER started her dance training at Marya Kennett
Ballet Theatre. Jennifer has a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory. At the
conservatory she studied under Leslie Woodies and performed in numerous works
including Les Sylphides and the world premiere of Heaven and Hell. Upon graduating,
she has been a part of BalletRox’s Urban Nutcracker, various ballets with Eryc Taylor Dance and
Palame Productions’ New York! New York! (Choreographer/Performer). She has also performed as a
guest artist as Sugar Plum Fairy in Marya Kennett’s The Nutcracker. Jennifer has been a part of
Yorktown Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof (Fiddler), Grease (ChaCha), and Oklahoma! (Dream Laurie), to
name a few. She has also been in A Chorus Line (Kristine), Hairspray (LuAnn),9 to 5 (Ensemble), La
Cage Aux Folles
 (Cagelle) and Ragtime (Ensemble) at Clocktower Players. Her regional credits include
The Music Man(Zaneeta Shinn), Oliver! (Ensemble) and Seussical (Jungle Citizen/featured dancer) at
Westchester Broadway Theater and Cats (Victoria) at White Plains Performing Arts Center.  Miss Jonas
has choreographed for Strauss Theater, Goshen High, Putnam Valley high and Stamford High and
Clocktower Players. 

John  McDonald - DIRECTOR, ACTOR, ACTING COACH graduated Carnegie Mellon
University with a BFA in Acting. After a successful twenty year acting career (Broadway:
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Tough to Get Help Off-Broadway : Split Second; 
Film: The Rosary Murders TV: Dr. Frank Grant on All My Children and Lt. Art Hindman
on Loving) he changed careers and was Director of Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center Performing Arts and
Director of Operations at Carnegie Hall. He co-wrote the film,By the Sword, produced by Philip Rose,
John is now a private acting coach who specializes in preparing students for the grueling college-audition
process. His students have been accepted at such prestigious schools as Carnegie Mellon, NYU,
University of Hartford/The Hartt School, Ithaca, Elon University, Fordham University, Pace University,
Marymount Manhattan, Baldwin-Wallace, Syracuse, University of the the Arts, and Emerson College.
jmcdonaldactingcoach.com

Rene O'Neal - ADMINISTRATOR/ EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT/DIRECTOR graduated from
Manhattanville College and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Rene has
been Administrator for Clocktower Players since 2010 . Sharing her love of theatre Rene
has worked with the Clocktower Players' Teen  and Kids Troupes as Production Assistant
and directed Les Miz, Once on This Island, Shrek, H2$ and Into The Woods with the Jr and Teen Troupe.
As an actor she has appeared in many Adult productions with Clocktower Players and several other
theatres in the Westchester, Connecticut and the New York City Area; Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Kiss
Me Kate
 (Hattie), Swing! (Principal Singer/Dancer), A Raisin in the Sun (Ruth), Dreamgirls (Effie), Little
Shop of Horrors
 (Crystal), Purlie (Church Soloist), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), Into the Woods (Stepmother),
A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein (“Lady Thiang”, The King and I; “Queenie “,Showboat), 
Midsummer Nights Dream (Puck), A Night of Shakespeare (Narrator), Pippin (Leading Player)
and several workshops. Rene can also be heard on the Stage Stars Productions' recording of Dreamgirls,
singing the role of Deena.

Lili Thomas – DIRECTOR started her theatrical career with Cagle McDonald in The King
and I
 (1995 at ITHT) and is overjoyed to return to her roots joining the staff here at
Clocktower Players.  She assisted with the Teen production of Rent, was the associate
choreographer on A Chorus Line and Director of Spring Awakening.and Spelling Bee.  
Her favorite professional theatre credits include Rent (Mimi), a part for which she was award nominated,
Cabaret (Lulu), Pippin (Fastrada), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Miss
Saigon
 (Gigi), The King and I (Tuptim), and Reefer Mandness! (Placard Girl/Dance Captain).  New York
City workshops include Sound of Plaid, Radiant Baby (both with writer Stuart Ross), and Metropolis (with
Golden Globe and Academy Award winning writer, Joseph Brooks). She was the Young Soprano in the
world premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Garden of Light (Disney Millennium Symphonies) at Avery Fisher
Hall with the New York Philharmonic.  Lili holds a BFA from Collaborative Arts Project 21-NYU Tisch
School of the Arts and is a proud member of AEA. Growing up as the child of Classical musicians Ronald
Thomas and Mihae Lee, Lili thrived in music, playing 7 instruments but always concentrating on voice.
She started studying ballet at age 4 at the Peabody Conservatory (later leading to pursuing her strengths
in jazz and tap), and Stanislavsky acting techniques in Manhattan at the age of 14. She now resides in 
Westchester  with her  husband and two children and teaches private voice. 

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