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HELD artists

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Isabella Anastasia Leigh (Director)  is a director from Madison. Most recent directing and assistant directing credits include WRITE THIS WAY in QUEER SHORTS: UNITY, REFUNDABLE  in QUEER SHORTS: 2.1, A LADY AND A WOMAN (StageQ), PROM (Broom Street Theatre), and THE WINTER’S TALE (Strollers). After HELD, Isa will assistant direct for MTM's 2020 Wisconsin premiere of INDECENT. Isa  also finds time to stage manage and run on wardrobe crew with multiple companies. Much love to her kitties, Libby and Rosalind.

Lisa Erdman (Music Director) last worked for MTM as the music director for 2018's Beyond The Ingenue, arranging songs, working with singers, and traveling with the show all over Dane County for eleven performances as a pianist.  Lisa has amassed an impressive range of experience across a broad scale of the performing arts.  After graduating from New York City’s prestigious American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2008, majoring in musical theatre performance, she continued performing and pursuing accompaniment and music directing opportunities.  Accompaniment and music direction credits include work with Music Theatre of Madison, Madison Opera, Sun Prairie Civic Theatre, Four Seasons Theatre, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Kids From Wisconsin, and St. Bernard’s Players.  She is also an ongoing accompanist for the School of Madison Ballet. Lisa established her own professional studio in 2013 in which she offers musical theatre coaching sessions, provides accompaniment and direction for Wisconsin School Music Association’s Solo & Ensemble festival, supplies piano tracks for studio recordings, and plays piano for weddings, events, and voice lessons. No stranger to the conception and development of musicals, Lisa was the accompanist and music director for Sun Prairie Civic Theatre’s original musical Caffeine Dreams, written by Wisconsin native Joe Vosen.  

Christina Martin-Wright (Executive Director, Arts For All) holds an M.F.A. in directing and dramaturgy from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She has been an active member of the Madison arts community for nearly two decades, holding leadership positions with some of the area's most visible events and influential institutions. Christina is a mother, sister, cousin, and friend of individuals with disabilities and she is deeply appreciative of Arts For All's mission.  

Marin Johnson (Director and Choreographer, XTension Dance Company) Marin has enjoyed being a professional dancer, choreographer and dance educator throughout the US and abroad since 1992. As a dancer, Marin has shared the stage with artists such as Brenda Lee, Wynonna Judd, Lee Greenwood, Pam Tillis, Steve Winwood and more. She has been featured as part of an adage couple as well as a soloist for several main stage theaters, television specials, theme parks, pageants, music videos, corporate conventions, etc. Her television credits include videos and specials for CBS, CMT, TNN, TBN, VH-1 and local networks in the areas of TN, GA, PA and SC. Behind the scenes, Marin has choreographed several large scale production numbers for companies such as Radio Shack, Office Depot, Information Technologies and Redken, as well as for main stage shows such as Tribute in Concert, Superstars Live in Concert, and Country Tonight Theatre in Pigeon Forge,TN.

Christy Grace (Arts For All Guest Artist/Instructor)  has been making art her whole life but made it her focus and career after graduating with an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design from Madison College. In addition to her work with VSA Wisconsin, Christy is a professional fine artist, art-jewelry maker, and children's book illustrator. Christy, who identifies as having a disability, strives to connect with and advocate for those living with invisible illnesses, physical or emotional, by creating art that communicates what can't always be seen or said. 

Patrizia Ferreira (Arts For All Guest Artist/Instructor) holds an M.S. from Philadelphia University in Textile Design for Prints and a B.A. from the Institute of Industrial Design in Montevideo, Uruguay in Textile Design. Her workshops focus on playing with color and patterns and incorporating fabric and other textile materials. Patrizia teaches in several art centers in Dane County, and works on her own art out of her studio in Monona.

The Held team includes stage manager Alexis O'Connell, costume designer Rebecca Stanley, lighting designer Taylor Kokinos, Publicity Assistant Hyrum Oliphant, and Producer Meghan Randolph. 

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