CREATIVE TEAM


Joshua T. Williams
Music/Lyrics/Co-Book

Joshua Williams began his career in the theatre at a very early age. He performed as a solo dancer and musician from 1984-1996. His performances and choreography have been featured on stage and television in America, France, Germany, Poland, and Japan. In 1993, he was awarded the top national award for excellence in the arts by President Clinton and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

Joshua’s creative works include: SONGS FROM WARSAW (Europa Club, Brooklyn NY; Danny’s Skylight Room, New York City), FEEL THE MUSIC (Europa Club, Brooklyn NY; Sam’s, New York City; National Theatre, Washington DC), THE DRUMMINGS (Nelke Theatre, Provo UT; Spectrum Theatre, Arlington VA; National Theatre, Washington DC), CANTERVILLE GHOST (Teatr Rozrywki, Chorzow Poland; Union School Theatre, Rutherford NJ; Abingdon Theatre, New York City; Utah Valley Symphony, Provo UT), TV TRILOGY (Variety Theatre, New York City), Mixed Cut Step (Context, New York City), Hold Me (film by Matthew Janzen), VELVET (not produced), a play chronicling Czech president Vaclav Havel’s rise to power; the score for a stage adaptation of PETER PAN (Pardoe Theatre, Provo UT) and Two Souls in Search of…, a ballet, performed by Theatre Ballet throughout the western United States. Most recently, Joshua's music was featured at the Brooklyn Film Festival in Annie Poon's short animated film, Runaway Bathtub.

Joshua received his BA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in playwriting and directing and MPS in Global Fashion Management. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Katie and daughters Madeleine and Maja.  

 

Ryan Hamilton
Book
 

Ryan is a writer, humorist, and stand-up comedian. Although CANTERVILLE GHOST is his first foray into musical comedy, he has previously written plays, screenplays, sketch comedy, humor columns, and short essays. His work has been published in various local and regional publications, as well as on several websites, including The White Shoe Irregular (www.whiteshoe.org).

He spent several years as a writer and performer in the sketch comedy troupe Divine Comedy (www.divinecomedy.net), and was president of the troupe for one year. More recently, he co-authored an online humor column called Bit and Bitter: The Workplace Alternative to Solitaire (www.bitandbitter.org). In 1992, Ryan was named “Best Supporting Actor” by his high school drama class for his performance in Mt. View High School’s production of Neil Simon’s FOOLS.

Ryan holds a BA in Applied Physics, with a minor in Mathematics. Seriously. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Marketing at Northwestern University and resides in Atlanta with his wife Sarah, children and two cats, Chaos and Entropy.

 

Tom Jensen
Music Supervisor/Additional Music
 

Tom’s abilities and experience have earned him the reputation as a consummate performer, composer, and arranger. Tom has collaborated with Joshua Williams on SONGS FROM WARSAW as composer (Europa Club, Brooklyn NY; Danny’s Skylight Room, New York City), CANTERVILLE GHOST as orchestrator and arranger (Teatr Rozrywki, Chorzow Poland; Utah Valley Symphony, Provo UT) and FEEL THE MUSIC as arranger (Europa Club, Brooklyn, NY; Sam’s, New York City; National Theatre, Washington DC).

Tom has performed across the United States at such events as the JVC Jazz Festival (New York City, NY), Berkeley Jazz Festival (Berkeley, CA), Mt. Hood Jazz Festival (Portland, OR), Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Moscow, ID), and Edmonds Jazz Festival (Edmonds, WA). He has played/worked alongside such greats as Benny Green, Jeff Hamilton, Christian McBride, Tom Harrell, Jay Leonart, James Williams, The Four Freshman, Louise Rose, Mel Brown, Grammy-nominated composer and arranger John Clayton and Grammy award-winning composer and arranger Manny Album.

If you haven't caught Tom performing live, you can listen to one of his many recordings, including: Potato Sax (Brent Jensen Trio), In A Mellow Tone (Robert Crowell Trio), One Way to Where (One Way to Where), and Organic Chromaticism (Genesis), among others.

Tom's upcoming projects include: a new website (www.neuemusic.com), “Hommage to Buchenwald” for jazz trio and orchestra, a Fantasy for harp, and a set of short sketches for violin.

Tom currently lives in Idaho with his wife, Kristina, daughters Cecilia and Isabella and son Jens.

 

Jeremy Lenz
Orchestrations
 

Jeremy Lenz has been playing piano since the age of five and loving it most of the time. He graduated Albertson College of Idaho in 2001 with a degree in Music Theory/Composition and currently lives in Boise, Idaho. He studied piano with Sonnet Johnson and Dr. Arthur Houle, and theory and composition with Dr. Lisa Derry. His arrangement and orchestration experience includes brass quintet, jazz piano trio, and choral/orchestra versions of several holiday tunes. He has composed various classical compositions including a woodwind quintet, but jazz is where his heart is.

The Jeremy Lenz Piano Trio made its debut in 2004 with all-original compositions and arrangements by Lenz. According to the Boise Weekly the Trio “alternates pounding refrains with quiet rills and solos, creating advanced yet listenable jazz pieces that actually seem to feature distinct movements.”

Jeremy now lives in New York City. Outside of his day job, Jeremy spends most of his free time relaxing, biking, and playing jazz.

 

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