CHRISTINE CAMPBELL* (Kinshasa) Actress, Singer, and Storyteller portrayed Kinshasa in a reading of Chasing Heaven at LaMaMa in 2010, and in the production at Metropolitan Playhouse in January 2011. She is a winner of two Vivian Robinson Audelco Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre (1999, Best Supporting Actress, Tracy S. Wilson's Exhibit #9; 2000, Best Lead Actress, Judi Ann Mason's Indigo Blues). Christine sparkled as Gretchen in Goethe's Faust at LaMaMa, E.T.C. and is an original ensemble member of Joseph Papp's Black/Hispanic Shakespeare Company. Films: Crossing Delancey and Spike Lee's Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads.

DANIEL CARLTON* (The Curator) is an actor, writer, storyteller, teaching artist whose work has been seen locally, nationally, and internationally. NYC debut in Paul Carter Harrison's Blues Operetta' Anchorman. Other notable credits include The Meeting (Malcolm X), Dreaming In Tounges (LAByrinth Theater Co.), The Children Of War Theatre Project Tour. Playwright: Shelter: Refugees Of the American Dream, Laughing Matters (Theatre Workshop Company, Glasgow) The Venus Play (Johannesburg, South Africa). Memories Of Self - a seven- character solo show based on the lives of free African Americans in Brooklyn, commissioned by the Weeksville Historical Society, has been presented onsite and by New Perspectives Theater Company. Authored and played several characters in A Block Of Time: Pigfoot Mary Says Goodbye To The Harlem Renaissance presented at The Metropolitan Playhouse.

GREG HORTON* (Gerwitz, Head of Foundation) most recently appeared as Mr. Bumble in Oliver! at Gallery Players. Other favorite roles include: The Lecturer, Reefer Madness; Buddy Fidler, City of Angels; Ko-Ko, Singapore Mikado, (2006 IT Award, Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role); The Boss in Sideshow, The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2004 OOBR Award) and Adult Male in Prospect Theater's Off-Broadway hit With Glee. As always, for Roxann.

LINDA KURILOFF* (Velma, Lolly, Mama) South African-born actor and writer Linda Kuriloff is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and Howard University. Ms. Kuriloff enjoyed a yearlong run of her solo show Linda Means to Wait off-off Broadway in New York City. Theatre credits include the New York Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, Theatre for a New Audience, Crossroads, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Film credits include Down to Earth with Chris Rock, Everyone Says I Love You written and directed by Woody Allen, and Angie with Geena Davis. Television credits, include "One Life to Live" and "All My Children."

LEAH MADDRIE* (playwright, director and lyricist) is the author of the plays Chasing Heaven (O'Neill Semifinalist) and Dark Energy Stuns Universe (EST/Sloan Foundation commission), song cycle Monongahela Rising (with composer Waddy Thompson), and has several projects in development. As an actor, she has worked coast to coast, from the New York Shakespeare Festival to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Roles included Paulina in Death and the Maiden, Miss Evers in Miss Evers' Boys, and Lady Percy in Henry IV, Part 1. For more information, visit
PETER DIZOZZA (music/piano) is a music composer and lawyer who also produces supplemental material as a writer, pianist, performer, and filmmaker who holds a humanities degree in music, English, and philosophy from Queens College. While working by day and attending law school at night, Dizozza began directing music at a community theatre and became enamored with it. Following law school, Dizozza moved to the East Village and began performing his own material. In 1991, he was admitted into the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop as a composer and at the same time, began legal employment. Dizozza has written numerous songs which are catalogued at most of which originated at La Mama E.T.C. His recent piece A Question of Solitude is an opera dedicated to the James Bond legacy and his next project, a seafarer tale entitled The Floaters. Dizozza performs a monthly music set at SideWalk Bar-Restaurant and is delighted to be part of the Chasing Heaven crew.
TREVOR WESTON (dramaturg) is Associate Professor of Music at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Dr. Weston's musical education began at New York City's prestigious St. Thomas Choir School at the age of ten. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in music composition. As a St. Thomas alumnus, Weston shares with composers Bobby Lopez and Andrew Lloyd Webber the musical heritage of the rich, melodic Episcopal Hymnal. Weston's primary composition teachers were T. J. Anderson, Olly Wilson and Andrew Imbrie, and Richard Felciano. Detroit Free Press has called Trevor Weston's music a"gently syncopated marriage of intellect and feeling." Weston's honors include the George Ladd Prix de Paris, the selection of his composition Bleue for the Detroit Symphony Unisys African-American Composer's reading program, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony. In 2009, the Boston Children's Chorus premiered Weston's Truth Tones for a national television broadcast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Grammy-award winning Washington Chorus devoted an entire concert to his music in their first annual "New Music for a New Age" concert series. In 2010, Trilogy: An Opera Company premiered his 50-minute dramatic work 4 honoring the lives of the four girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama church bombing. For more information, visit
DOTTIE JEFFRIES (associate producer and press representative) is a marketing and public relations consultant in the arts. She has worked with Tony Award winning set designer Derek McLane, Pulitzer finalist playwright Christopher Shinn, the award-winning off Broadway theater company The New Group, and novelist and playwright Arthur Phillips among others. She is also an associate of Trudel/MacPherson Arts Consulting and has also done work for Grantmakers in the Arts. Dottie's degree in classics, her work in the fields of psychoanalysis and architecture, and her broad interests in the arts inform her theatre work. Dottie grew up sewing and studied pattern design with a sculptor in Skokie, Illinois. Chasing Heaven heralds Dottie's debut as an associate producer that includes the roles of publicist, marketer, and wardrobe mistress.
DIANA SHEIVPRASAD (stage manager)
* Member of Actor's 'Equity.