Three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle was born in Germany and raised in Washington, D.C. later moving to new york city at the age of 13 to study ballet under the tutelage of George Balanchine at the premier school of american ballet. Battle debuted on broadway at age 16 as the scarecrow in The Wiz, which launched a broadway career that includes: Dancin', Chicago, *Sophisticated Ladies, *The Tap Dance Kid, ragtime, Dreamgirls, and *Miss Saigon (* designates tony awards.) Battle has served as choreographer for films Idelwild, Louis, and soon-to-be-released Bolden, television's Academy Awards, the Shirley Temple story, WB promos, Sister Sister, The Golden Globes, and numerous commercials. He has served as choreographer/director for theatrical productions including Evil Cead, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Respect, and numerous workshops. www.hintonbattle.com
Darius de Haas
Broadway: Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Carousel, Rent, Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm, Marie Christine, Dreamgirls, Hair. Other credits: Running Man (Obie Award) The Bubbly Black Girl…, Children of Eden. Concert soloist: Lincoln Center, The Blue Note (Japan), Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, LA’s Disney Concert Hall, London's Royal Festival Hall. Special Guests Appearances: Vanessa Williams, Roberta Flack, Marvin Hamlisch, Audra McDonald, Deborah Harry, Elvis Costello, Michael Feinstein. Recordings: Darius de Haas: Day Dream (PS Classics), Children of Eden, Marie Christine, I Was Looking at the Ceiling…, Myths and Hymns, Bubbly Black Girl…, Dreamgirls, Bright Eyed Joy, Anastasia, Chicago. www.Dariusdehaas.com
Josh is an actor singer/songwriter originally from Colorado. Broadway: Anything Goes 2011, Grease 2007 revival, Legally Blonde. 1st National Tours: Grease 2010 (Danny), Jersey Boys (Bob Gaudio), All Shook Up, Disney’s On The Record, and Grease 2004 (Teen Angel). BFA Webster U. www.joshfranklin.net
Pettiford has illuminated stage, screen and television as one of the finest actress/singer/dancers today, a true triple threat. Pettiford is currently recurring as Victorine Fornerat-Williams in the HBO series TREME and can be seen in the CW’S HART OF DIXIE and this spring in the new FOX’s series THE FINDER opposite Michael Clark-Duncan. On the big screen, Pettiford was recently seen starring opposite Angela Basset and Paula Patton in the Sony feature JUMPING THE BROOM. Pettiford played Patton’s wise cracking ‘Aunt Geneva’. She also recently completed a musical short film opposite Jason Alexander, which won the Boston International Film Festival. When Pettiford is not working in front of the camera she’s busy starring on her first love, the stage. Most recently she co-starred in BABALU, a tribute to Desi Arnaz at the 92nd Street in New York, The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and The Library Of Congress where she received glowing reviews. Pettiford is best known for her hit television series HALF AND HALF that earned her three NAACP Image Award nominations for her role as ‘Dee Dee Thorne’. She has been seen in such films as, WHY DID I GET MARRIED 2, STOMP THE YARD, GLITTER and started her career in THE COTTON CLUB and THE WIZ. She has guest starred on CRIMINAL MINDS, CSI: MIAMI, BONES, LOVE THAT GIRL, THE WEST WING and she continues to recur on Tyler Perry’s HOUSE OF PAIN. Pettiford starred on Broadway in FOSSE, which she was nominate for a Tony Award and starred opposite the legendary Chita Rivera in CHICAGO. Other shows include SHOW BOAT, BIG DEAL, DANCIN and The Kennedy Center Honors for CHITA RIVERA. She starred in Des McAnuff’s Broadway production of THE WIZ and THE WEST COAST PREMIER OF THE WILD PARTY, where she won The NAACP Image Award for Best Lead Actress in a musical . Pettiford recently completed her life-long dream of completing her album titled, HEAR MY SOUL and currently continues performing her critically acclaimed one-women show around the country. www.officialvalariepettiford.com
Courtney Reed was last seen as Jasmine in the World Premiere of Disney's full production of Aladdin, directed by Casey Nicholaw at the 5th Avenue Theatre. She also had the honor of being a part of the closing cast of the Tony Award Winning Musical In The Heights, in which she played Carla, u/s Nina & Vanessa. She made her broadway debut in Mamma Mia! Television: "The 2-2," and "CSI New York." Proud graduate of The Theatre Conservatory of CCPA at Roosevelt University.
Marty Thomas is a Grammy nominated and Billboard chart topping recording artist who has appeared on Broadway in WICKED, XANADU and THE SECRET GARDEN (his debut at age 11). He won the title of Mr. Broadway 2008 and was named the 1992 Junior Vocalist Ed McMahon's Star Search Champion beating out a then unknown Britney Spears. He travelled Europe with the Harlem Gospel Singers as their first Caucasian member and has also toured internationally with his solo projects. He has appeared on television on MTV, VH1, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, The Early Show, The Late Show, The View, The Tony Awards and most recently playing Damon on the CBS sitcom, Two Broke Girls. www.martythomas.com