Brian Glick | Artistic Director and Founder
Brian is the Founder and Artistic Director of Revival Theatre Company. During the past 10 years he has directed more than 30 stage productions, earning him high praise for his dynamic and highly detailed productions. In recent seasons, Brian has directed the midwest premiere of Dogfight and staged the Iowa premieres of White Christmas and Violet. Next season, Brian will direct new productions of Grey Gardens and Victor/ Victoria. Brian has developed musical pieces in non-traditional spaces, creating intimate and contemporary experiences for the actors and the audience.
As a freelance director, Brian has worked on operas, musicals, and plays. Brian produced and directed Side Show as a fundraiser for Families Helping Families and Baby for The Young Parents Network. Most recent credits include: Parade In Concert, Pippin, Children of Eden and Funny Girl with RTC, Amy at the Opus, working with Orchestra Iowa on A Sondheim Cabaret, working on La Boehme, Carmen and Don Giovanni and La Traviata with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.
Brian spent nine seasons with Starlighters Theatre – Forever Plaid, Oliver, Some Enchanted Evening, Last Five Years, My Way, Scrooge, City of Angels, Anything Goes and Honk. The Music Man with Theatre Cedar Rapids & Orchestra Iowa (Collaboration Award Winner) and multiple concerts and fundraisers. Brian has also worked with the Cedar Rapids Follies and Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande Tour as a designer and stage manager.
In 2015, Brian was honored to work with The New York Drama League, where he worked with Tony nominated Director, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and Opal with Broadway composer and lyricist Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Academy and First Stage teacher with the Omaha Playhouse, Brian holds a B.A. in Stage Directing from Coe College.
Brian is the Stage director for Jim McDonough’s Holiday Grande and is a recent adjudicator for the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards presented through the Des Moines Performing Arts. www.bjglick.com
Cameron Sullenberger | Musical Director and Founder
Since his arrival from Texas in 2008, Cameron Sullenberger has been living and working in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area where he has quickly forged a reputation for musical excellence. Performers and students of every age are inspired by his unique and engaging style as a director and teacher.He has been affiliated with numerous recording projects, national broadcasts and musical theater productions in his varied musical career.
He is in demand as a singer, pianist, accompanist, adjudicator, musical director, and choral clinician. He is regarded as a leader in the field of choral music at the middle school level where his choirs have been consistently awarded for their superior performances. His love and passion for musical theatre emerged as a young performer and then into adulthood as he performed extensively in musicals and was also involved as a piano conductor for countless shows.
He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree with honors in piano and voice from the University of North Texas and a Master of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois.
Locally, he has had the opportunity to musically direct Theater Cedar Rapid’s production of Meet Me in St. Louis and was also the director for The Music Man in Concert in partnership with Orchestra Iowa at the Paramount last fall. The last two Christmas seasons has had him busily preparing the singers for Jim McDonaugh’s Holiday Grande. He has also had the chance to musically direct Baby mounted at Dowes Theatre at Coe College, Opal at CSPS, Urinetown at Kennedy High School, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Harding Middle School. While on the board and acting as Musical Director for Revival Theatre Company, he is also serving in the same capacity at Noelridge Christian Church where he maintains a private vocal studio.
He is thrilled for what lies ahead for RTC and wishes to thank all the board members, patrons, performers, supporters and audience members for their unwavering support of this new and exciting venture that is sure to add to the vibrancy and energy of an ever thriving arts community.
Alvon Reed | Choreographer
Alvon Reed is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa receiving his Master of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in choreography. He began his dance training at Eisenhower High school under the direction of Evelyn Newman. He holds a degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA. Alvon was a fellowship student at The Ailey School and the Milwaukee Ballet School. He has played featured roles in Theatre of Cedar Rapids productions of “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Follies.” Alvon has also toured the Caribbean and the Hawaiian Islands with Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Mr. Reed has performed lead roles with Inland Pacific Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Opus Dance Theatre, and Jennifer Muller/The Works. He also had the distinct honor of working with renowned post-modern choreographer, Bill T. Jones on the Broadway workshop entitled “Superfly! The Musical.” He has also performed at the world renowned Apollo Theatre with tap dancing legend, Maurice Hines in a variety show called “Apollo Club Harlem.” In addition to his performance credits, he has taught master classes and workshops both nationally and internationally. Alvon has worked as assistant choreographer for Shrek The Musical at the Theatre of Cedar Rapids and choreographer for their productions of The Little Mermaid and Sister Act The Musical.
Additional choreographic credits include American Idiot and Hattie Mae’s Juke Joint. This fall, Alvon began working at Cornell College as their Artist-in-Residence in Dance. He is thrilled to be working with Revival Theatre Company’s production of Evita.
Michelle Perrin Blair | Conductor
Director of Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Music at Coe College, Michelle Perrin Blair is one of 85 women nationwide to be recognized as a leader in her field with the prestigious 2014 PEO Scholar Award. Blair’s other recent honors include the Richard and Nancy Schissler Fellowship in Orchestral Conducting and the Bernard Osher Scholarship (Monteux School). Blair holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Houston, where she studied with Maestro Franz Anton Krager and served as Assistant Director of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble for three years. Blair earned her Master of Music Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington under the tutelage of her lifelong mentor, Dr. Clifton Evans.
In addition to directing the Coe College Symphony Orchestra, Blair is passionate about her work with educational ensembles and in the theatre. Blair begins her new post in Fall 2016 as Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra, and she has been a regular clinician at both the middle school and high school levels for the Jefferson Orchestra Invitational, Kennedy High School, Linn-Mar High School, Fort Bend ISD, the Lone Star Youth Orchestra, and the Texas region circuit. Since moving to Iowa in Fall 2015, Blair has served as Music Director of Coe College’s production of Merrily We Roll Along and Conductor of RTC’s recent run of Funny Girl. She is thrilled to be returning to RTC for the 2016-2017 season!
Off the podium, Blair is an active violinist, and she holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from Southwestern University. In November of 2014, Blair was invited to play in the Leipzig Academic Orchestra’s 60th Anniversary Concert, for which the orchestra performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite in the Gewandhaus. Blair studied violin under Andrzej Grabiec, Martha Walvoord, Eri Lee Lam, and Rodica Gonzalez. Blair currently serves as the Violin Instructor at Coe College. When she is not playing, teaching, or conducting, Blair enjoys reading, arts-and-crafting, and going to concerts. Blair lives in Hiawatha, Iowa, with her husband, Aaron.
For more information, Blair invites you to visit her website: http://michellepblair.wix.com/conductor
April Bonasera | Resident Costume Designer
April Bonasera earned her Bachelor’s in Apparel/Textile Design from The University of Alabama. She is a published designer who feels lucky to have been born with a passion for historic costume, fashion, textiles and sewing. She has costumed shows for Waterloo Playhouse, CR Follies, Brucemore Classics and Riverside Theatre. This is her second season with Revival Theatre Company and is excited about the future.