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Leslie Carrara-Rudolph joined the Sesame Street cast for Season 38 in 2007, performing the little fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby. Besides her work on Sesame Street, Carrara-Rudolph appears on several other children's television programs, including Disney's Johnny & the Sprites. She got her start on ABC's Muppets Tonight and then worked on a number of Henson Company productions, including the DVD series Sesame Beginnings for Sesame Workshop, Animal Jam for the Learning Channel, and season two of The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss for Nickelodeon. Carrara-Rudolph was a member of the PBS puppet tour that visited shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Carrara-Rudolph's stage credits include Sweeney Todd, Little Shop of Horrors and Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. She has performed with the Henson puppet improv group "Puppet Up" at the Aspen Comedy Festival and the Australian Comedy festival. Carrara-Rudolph is currently touring with her new show Entertaining Thoughts, an interactive musical story designed to fire up the imagination of the young and young at heart.

Colin Sheehan

Colin Sheehan is excited to be helping Art House Astoria with their third annual gala because arts-in-education organizations has always been one his passions. In 2003 he started a charity called MusiKids CT, Inc. in his hometown of Branford, CT and also made his Broadway debut by performing in the closing night production of Les Miserables. In 1999 he appeared many times on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and more recently worked for three seasons on "The Wendy Williams Show". Colin has produced, directed and performed in the tri-state area and on cruise ships. Thanks to all of my amazingly talented friends performing tonight... YOU ROCK!!!


Erin Rubico

Erin Rubico is happy to be back in Astoria after 9 villainous months at sea with Disney Cruise Line. Tour: Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel). Regional: Nine (Necrophorus), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Hello Dolly! (Irene Molloy), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). Thanks to Colin and love to her husband-to-be Matt Ban! www.erinrubico.com

Lawren Roulier

Lawren Roulier is originally from Connecticut and is now a resident here in Astoria! Lawren has toured nationally as a swing dancer and vocalist with the1940s revue In the Mood and has performed in regional productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella, Anything Goes, A Chorus Line, and 42nd Street among others. Lawren has a BA in Theatre Performance and Speech from Wagner College. She has also studied acting at the William Esper Studio and performs with the Essential Theatre Group here in NYC. Proud member of AEA.


Carolyn Kimmel

Carolyn Kimmel is a New York native and holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from Wagner College. Carolyn was last seen as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray! at Seacoast Repertory Theatre, for which she received the Spotlight Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She recently celebrated her 5th anniversary of living in Astoria!

Matt Ban

is a graduate of Wagner College. At the end of this month he will be making his Broadway debut as Dennis DuPree in ROCK OF AGES, a role he also played on the National Tour. He is also engaged to the beautiful Erin Rubico. www.mattban.com

Whitney Branan

Whitney Branan, a native Memphian now living in Manhattan, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wagner College. She was a Resident Tap Coach for the Broadway show Billy Elliot and assisted the 2nd National Tour of Billy Elliot as a tap coach. She has performed around the country and around the world. Favorite credits include "Janet" in the first New York revival of The Drowsy Chaperone (Gallery Players, Off-Off Broadway), "Amber" in Hairspray (Playhouse on the Square), and "Tom Lemming's Secretary" in The Blind Side (that movie that got Sandra Bullock an Oscar.) Whitney is a founding member of the New york improv team #highclasshookers. SAG-AFTRA, AEA.


Nick Meringolo

A recent transplant from Long Island to Astoria, Nick is beyond excited to be performing with friends and classmates for such a great cause. Thank you to Colin for such a great opportunity and to Art House Astoria for doing great work for the community!

Ryan Lammer

Ryan Lammer is thrilled to be performing here at home in Astoria and for such a great cause! Past credits Include the National & Japan tour of Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano (Jim), Hairspray, Singin' In the Rain, The Producers & many more. Many thanks to Colin Sheehan! www.RyanLammer.com


Kristen Licata

Kristen is originally from South West Florida. She attended Cap21 as well as AMDA for musical theatre. Kristen has sang with the South West Florida Symphony and also sang the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox vs.NY Yankees Spring Training Game. Featured credits include Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, The Mistress opposite Andrea McArdle in Evita, and joined the Actors’ Equity Association during her time portraying the role of Ariel in The Voyage of the Little Mermaid for Walt Disney Entertainment in Orlando, FL. Kristen has been a part of many note worthy benefits and is absolutely thrilled to be performing for the Art House Astoria Heart & Music Gala Fundraiser. Plus she has to represent seeing that she is a proud Astorian herself!!!

Jillian Gray

Jillian Gray (AEA) Jillian is excited to perform at the Heart and Music Gala with the Art House Astoria! Favorite roles include Nemo in Finding Nemo, The Musical and Ariel in Voyage of the Little Mermaid with the Walt Disney Company. Other professional performances with various theaters include Les Miserables, All Shook Up, Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story.

THE BAND

Robert Cookman - Music Director

Rob Cookman has been touring the United States for the last 6 years as a musical director and keyboardist. He just finished Come Fly Away’s 1st National Tour where he lead a 13 piece big band that accompanied original Frank Sinatra recordings. Rob is a member of the pop group, Knee Deep Shag. With Knee Deep Shag Rob has written, recorded, and made national TV appearances. Knee Deep Shag has won three Detroit Music Awards and one Chicago’s Independent Music Award. Rob has been a soloist with the Dearborn Symphony (with grammy award winner Rhonda Larson), Mt Lebanon Percussion (Rhapsody in Blue), Western Michigan University Orchestra (Ravel’s Concerto in G), and the West Virginia University Orchestra (Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F).

Andy Arena - Assistant Music Director

Andy Arena is a new resident of Astoria and is so excited to be involved in such a wonderful organization! Off-Broadway: The Awesome 80s Prom. New York credits include: Much Ado About Nothing, Cocktales, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Sondheim: The Birthday Concert (Ensemble). Resident Artist at the Cell Theatre. Proud member of AEA.

Micah Burgess - Guitar

Micah Burgess is a versatile guitarist whose credits include Cirque Du Soleil's "Banana Shpeel", the first national tour of “Come Fly Away”, the off-Broadway productions of "Storyville" and "Tomorrow Morning" at the York Theater, "Departure Lounge" at NYC's Public Theater, and “Yeast Nation” at the NYC Fringe Festival. As a sub he worked on the Broadway productions of Mary Poppins and Soul Doctor. Micah has shared the stage with Matthew Broderick, Chris Meloni, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Megan Hilty, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Seth Rudetsky, Harriet Harris, Tracie Thoms, Shoshana Bean, Constantine Maroulis, Krysta Rodriguez, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Iconis, Tituss Burgess, Brian Lynch, Fabian, Bobby Rydell, Danny and the Juniors, and Laverne and Shirley's Eddie Mekka among others.

Eric Day - Bass

Broadway sub credits include Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Memphis, and American Idiot. Eric also performs regularly with indie-pop band Sky Pony.

Jeremy Yaddaw - Drums

Born in Texas and raised in the Adirondack mountains, Jeremy Yaddaw is a drummer and percussionist now based in New York City. His skills are broad, ranging from pop, to jazz and big-band music, to classical percussion, to ’90s grunge, to bluegrass. He is particularly at home in the New York theater scene and enjoys collaborating with composers and singer/songwriters, both on stage and in the studio. Jeremy can regularly be seen playing at venues like Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Feinstein’s, Le Poussin Rouge, The York Theatre, and the Laurie Beechman Theatre. He also plays with the Patriot Brass Ensemble, New York’s Best Musicians, and for Rosie’s Theater Kids.