Playwright/Special GuestSeth Rudetsky
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon Broadway deejay and host of Seth Speaks on SiriusXM Radio. He played Sheldon on Broadway in The Ritz and starred opposite Sutton Foster in They’re Playing Our Song for the Actors Fund. He produced/conducted the Dreamgirls concert with Audra McDonald (Nonesuch Records) and Hair with Jennifer Hudson (Grammy nomination). As a comedy writer, he has three Emmy nominations for“The Rosie O’Donnell Show.” As an author, his newest novel is The Rise and Fall of a Theater Geek (Random House).
Playwright/Special GuestJack Plotnick
Jack Plotnick has a BFA in musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon. He co-wrote/directed the Sony Pictures feature Space Station 76, starring Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer and Liv Tyler. Jack produced/starred in the awardwinning feature film Girls Will Be Girls and the Lifetime TV series “Lovespring International.” As an actor, he’s appeared in countless TV shows and features with recurring/regular roles on “The Mentalist,” “Buffy,” “Reno 911,” “Drawn Together,” “Ellen” and “Action.” His film work includes Meet the Fockers, Down With Love and Gods and Monsters. Jack’s acting workshops are highly acclaimed, and his free ebook, New Thoughts for Actors, is available at www.JackPlotnick.com.
Art Almquist holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in Acting/MA in Performance Theory & Criticism from the University of Montana. While at Vassar, he was chosen to teach Drama in County Galway, Ireland. Art has directed at Tucson High for 22 years. In 1998, he won U.S. Satellite Broadcasting’s “You Be the Movie Critic” contest; the award, judged by Gene Siskel, gave him the opportunity to host a nationwide movie review program for a year. In 2008, he won Tucson’s LUMIE Award for Arts Teacher of the Year, and his work as an actor has been recognized with local awards. In 2013, he was honored as the reader’s choice for PEOPLE Magazine’s Teacher of the Year, and was in 2015 named the winner of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America's national Reba Robertson Award for Excellence in Theatre Education. He is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, and has worked in three professional Improv groups. He is beyond thrilled that his wife Amy has joined the DISASTER company!
Amy Almquist studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama & received her MFA in Directing. She is a member of SAG and served on faculty of the U of MT and Pima Community College. She teaches theatre-based strategic communication techniques to trial attorneys nationwide & with the US Air Force & Army’s Pentagon JAG Corps. Locally, her favorite acting roles include: A Delicate Balance & The Dead at Rogue Theatre, Threepenny Opera at AZ Opera, Criminal Hearts at Beowulf Alley & Letters to Sala, Spinning into Butter, Lost in Yonkers, Labor Pains & Kindertransport at Invisible Theatre. Her favorite directing projects include: My Name is Asher Lev, Cripple of Inishmaan, Heidi Chronicles, Dining Room, and Come Back to the 5 and Dime…Jimmy Dean at LTW, Coming Through at the Invisible Theatre & the acclaimed Tucson premiere of Doubt. She has worked with Redford Films, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, Seattle’s Annex Theatre & LaughingStock Comedy Company.
Stage ManagerVanessa Valdez
Assistant Stage ManagerRaquel Vargas
Running CrewKenneth Sunderland
Running CrewJulio Ortega
Running CrewGia Ndoye
Light and Sound BoardShaun Higgins
SpotlightCosmo Brusa Zappelini
Running CrewSally Ryan
Music Director/VocalsJeff Vanderlee
Jeff is currently a 2nd year doctoral student in choral conducting with a minor in orchestral conducting under the mentorship of Drs. Bruce Chamberlain, Elizabeth Schauer, and Thomas Cockrell. Before his time in Arizona, Jeff worked as the director of the Crockett High School choir in Austin, Texas, and later assisting both choir and orchestra at Hill Country Middle School. Concurrently, he served as the director of music at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. He also worked as a church organist, at the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church in Red Bank, NJ, and has accompanied many vocal majors and choirs throughout his musical career. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College.
Technical DirectorFrank Calsbeek
Original Creative Team
The concept of DISASTER! was created by Seth Rudetsky and Drew Cerati, with additional material written by Mr. Ceraci.
It is produced by special arrangement with, and with very special thanks to, Music Theatre International and their entire staff.