The Creative Team

Richard L. Williams~ (Composer, Lyricist, Librettist) best known for his emotionally moving music and hummable melodies has also written Maya and Esther, the Musical. Rick was born with music continuously playing inside his head. As soon as he could climb up on the piano bench, he began experimenting with his first compositions by age 3.   Even at that tender age, he was frequently a source of irritation and frustration to his piano teacher, as she required that he play “what was written”.  Being both creative and stubborn, Rick continued to re-write his assigned pieces.  Soon after his debut recital, his teacher unexpectedly died.   Rick’s parents decided that they did not want to take any further chances irritating and frustrating piano teachers—consequently, lessons and instruction abruptly stopped at the age of 3 and a half. However, his interest in music and musical theatre continued to thrive, and 14 wrote his first musical. He is extremely excited to watch Connected take life and is very thankful for all of the talented people who have helped along the way.

Rick lives on a small farm in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Lori—raising goats and chickens.

David M. Beris (Director) is thrilled to be working on Connected…The Musical.  Direction and choreography credits include Cinderella and Stone Soup for Literally Alive Productions, And Then There Were None for Be Bold! Productions, I,Con for Winterfest ’17, 9 To 5, My Fair Lady, The Taffetas, The Addams Family, Seussical Jr., and Hello Dolly (Interlakes Summer Theatre).  His work has been seen at the Count Basie and Strand Theatres in New Jersey (Decades of Divas), in New York and regionally, including Annie Get Your Gun at The Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre, The World Goes Round and The Taffetas in Indianapolis.  His choreography has been seen on the stages of The New London Barn Theatre and the Miss Manhattan Pageant.  His work as stage manager includes the Broadway/National Tours of Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, The History Boys, and Cabaret His other credits include Tribes at the Barrow Street Theatre, Amadeus for the Virginia Arts Festival, and Memphis at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre as well as at Lincoln Center, BAM, Off-Broadway, numerous workshops, industrials, festivals and benefits.  He holds a BFA from Emerson College, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).

Jeff Cox is a New York-based music director and conductor who has performed internationally and on Broadway. His NYC credits include THE BAND’S VISIT (key 2 sub) and A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK (piano/conductor sub). He has served as music director and arranger for a number of developmental works including FAR FROM CANTERBURY, a new musical by award-winning composer Danny K. Bernstein. Other labs and workshops include CRAZY FOR YOU (dir. Susan Stroman) and AUSTEN’S PRIDE (music sup. Kevin Stites). Jeff is the music director of “The Unreachable Stars,” a concert featuring Broadway actors and musicians that has performed throughout China as well as the United States. He has also played on the national tour of WICKED and is a regular music director at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, where he has conducted performances of GHOST, TENDERLY, and others. Jeff is a faculty member at AMDA. He holds a Master’s Degree in conducting from Ithaca College. Love and gratitude to family, friends, and mentors.

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