(Ensemble, Paul, u/s Angel) is so excited to be joining the RENT Fam! Recent Shows include: Mamma Mia, On Your Feet, and Holiday Inn. Instagram: matbautista
(Benjamin Coffin III, u/s Tom Collins) is thrilled to be rejoining this amazing cast and show. He was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Some credits include: Memphis (Gator), The Book of Mormon (On-Stage Swing, Australia), Sister Act (TJ, Asia Tour), HTGSC (Palm Springs Who) and “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” on Hulu (Luther Simmons). @Jar95red
(Roger Davis) is elated to be back on the road with the 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour of Rent! Regional credits include Next to Normal (Gabe), Heathers: The Musical (Goth), and Mamma Mia! (Ensemble). He would love to thank his amazing family and friends for all their endless love and support. @colemanscummings
(Joanne Jefferson) is thrilled to be back with Rent but this time as Joanne. Now that intermission is over she is excited to get back to what she loves. B.F.A. AMDA College. Credits include: Rent (Mrs. Jefferson), PVPA’s Hairspray (Dynamite). Film: “Playing with Beethoven” (Diana). Sending love to KMR, family and friends. @raylagarske.
(Ensemble, Mrs. Jefferson, “Seasons of Love” Soloist, u/s Joanne) is thrilled to get back on the road with RENT! She’s a Nigerian-American Los Angeles native now based in NYC. National Tours: The Color Purple. Off-Broadway: Revelation. Regional favorites: Sister Act, Smokey Joe’s Café, Little Shop of Horrors. Thanks to God, family, Todd and Gayle. www.elizabethadabale.com and @lizadabale
(Tom Collins) is grateful to return to RENT. Hicks has sung with many artists including Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, and Estelle. Theatre credits include: Songs for A New World (MAN 2), The Wiz (Lion), and Pippin (Charles). Gratitude to the cast, crew, teachers, coaches, family and friends for all the support. @thereal_shafiq
(u/s Roger & u/s Collins) recently graduated with a Bachelors of Music from Baldwin Wallace University. He is excited to debut in his first National tour!! He would like to thank his mother, grandmother, and all his teachers along the way for their guidance & support, especially Weiss, Mr. Wheatley & Dr. Uniatowski.
(Ensemble, Alexi Darling, u/s Joanne) is a Filipinx New York-based actor. Select credits: A Chorus Line (China Premier), Wig Out! (Nom. Helen Hayes), Henry VI (Nom. Drama Desk). Isn’t it incredible that we all made it here? Love to Mom, Pop, Paolo, Angelo & Sterling. BFA NSB, NYU/Tisch. GBM Talent. @yzjasa
(Mark Cohen) is overjoyed to be returning to Rent. Through the pandemic, Cody spent time playing disc golf, streaming, and teaching. B.F.A. Texas State University. Credits: Rent (Gordon), “Now & Then” The Musical (Daniel #1), Norwegian Cruise Lines (Principal Singer). “Much love and thanks to friends, family, my manager Darren, Wojcik/Seay, WorkLight and YOU for joining us.” @chefboycodyyy
(Swing, u/s Mark, u/s Roger) National Tour debut! Recent credits: Winner of BroadwayWorld’s “Next on Stage” S2, Featured Artist on “In Pieces: A New Musical (Highlights)” album, Footloose (Ren), Newsies (Finch). Thank you to Work Light Productions for the opportunity. Love and gratitude to Meg for pushing me through this process! Instagram: @tommykaiser_
(Angel Schunard) is so ecstatic to be back on stage and returning to Rent as Angel! He was born and raised in NJ but now resides in the East Village, NYC. Previous credits include, Rent (20th Anniversary Tour), Newsies, and Once on this Island. Stay safe & enjoy the show! IG: javond_king
(Ensemble, Gordon, u/s Mark, u/s Roger) National Tour: Rent 20th Anniversary Tour (Year 4), Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour. Regional Favorites: Nine, Into the Woods, Sister Act, Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat. BFA, UCF. All the love to Caira, Wojcik Seay and the Rent team! Instagram: @stephenrochet
(Maureen Johnson) is so thankful for another opportunity to share this story of love with her Rent family. She played the role for 2 years (2017-2019) in the 20th Anniversary Tour and is delighted to step into Maureen’s (incredible) shoes again. Rest in peace Maboppa, these shows are for you.
(Swing, u/s Mark) Chris graduated from Sharyland High School in 2012 and UT Austin (BA) in 2017. Previous credits include Luke in The Lightning Thief nat’l tour (Theatreworks) and Playlist Singer for CCL. His short film debut (Hard, dir. Christian Jacob Ramon) has been accepted into numerous film festivals around the world.
(Swing, u/s Mimi, u/s Joanne, Associate Dance Captain
) A graduate of Belmont University, Carlina is delighted to join Rent for the second year. Past Credits include the Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour (Ensemble), Mamma Mia! at Broadway Sacramento (Lisa), Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour (Young Groupie), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator), and a Seize the Show Cast Member. Instagram: @carlina_parker
(Swing, u/s Benny) Tour: Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour. Regional: Choir Boy (Speakeasy Stage Company), 2021 Graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (BFA in Musical Theatre). To Mom, Family, and Friends; Thanks for rocking with me ‘til the wheels fall off.
(Swing, u/s Mimi, u/s Maureen) was most recently a Production Cast Vocalist on Celebrity Cruises. Additional credits: Party Worth Crashing (off-Broadway). NY Theatre Festival: Suicidal Life Coach, The Green. Regional: In the Heights (Nina), Addams Family (Wednesday). Analise is a proud New Yorker from the Bronx. Thank YOU for being here and staying safe! @_animalise
(Swing, u/s Maureen) is so excited to be making her official national tour debut! Some of her recent regional credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Laura), Grease (Frenchy), and Footloose (Ariel). Love and thanks to my family, Dolly, Truch, and to those who always believed in me! @mak.rivera
(Ensemble, Steve, u/s Angel, Assistant Choreographer, Dance Capt) is beyond grateful to be back with Rent for his third year sharing the love. Regional: Signature Theatre (Diner), Virginia Musical Theatre (Mamma Mia!), Palace Theatre (A Chorus Line). B.F.A. Musical Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory, “Thanks to family, Gregg Baker Management, Work Light Productions, and the Creative Team for their support and encouragement.” ScorpioPower 😉 @JASchoppe
(Mimi Marquez) is a 22-year old singer/songwriter and certified Health Coach. She graduated from the Institute for American Musical Theater in 2019 and made her debut playing Mimi in the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent. Aiyana is excited to return for the 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour. @aiyanasmash
(Swing, u/s Tom Collins, u/s Benny) is so thrilled to be making his national tour debut and joining the RENT family! Favorite Credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (André), RENT (Tom Collins), Hairspray (Seaweed), Dreamgirls (Jimmy Early). Jaylon would like to thank everyone who has supported him for their endless love. @crumpjaylon
(Mark Cohen) grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He pursued theatre at Otterbein University. After college, J.T. joined the Asia/National Tour of Rent as a Swing covering Angel and Collins. Recently he performed for Disney Cruise Line aboard the Disney Dream. Love to his family and friends!
(Sound Design) has worked across the country and internationally, from musicals on Broadway, London’s West End and Australia to spectacles in Las Vegas. Recent credits include: (New York) Holiday Inn (in production), Himself and Nora, The Radio City Spring Spectacular, Cabaret, Disenchanted; (Tours) Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes; (Regional) American Idiot, Hedwig And The Angry Inch
(Director) currently serves as Resident Director forThe Phantom of the Opera in London. As Director: Richard Thomas’ Wrong Songs for Christmas (National Theatre – London), Avenue Q (two UK tours and Bogota, Columbia), Wrong Songs For Summer (London), Just A Housewife (UK tour), RENT (Montreal and Far East tour), Womyn In Three, Out of the Reach of Children and Simoneat Town Hall – A Tribute to Nina Simone in New York. As Associate Director: Avenue Q (Broadway, Las Vegas, West End and US tours), RENT(Broadway and US tours), Les Miserables (US tour), Elf – The Musical (London), You Won’t Succeed on Broadway…(London) and Shrek (Broadway and US tour). As Resident Director: White Christmas and Strangers on a Train both in London’s West End, The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary Tour (UK). Other credits include work on Broadway with Chicago, Exit The King, Annie Get Your Gun and Barbara Cook – Mostly Sondheim; Julie Andrew’s Gift of Music at the O2 London; the US tour and Los Angeles company of The Phantom of the Opera, and the workshops for The Book of Mormon. He has also just staged the theatrical scenes for the movie Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters.
(Associate Choreographer) Other credits include: Allegiance: A New Musical, Rent, The King & I, Miss Saigon, Shōgun the Musical, 42nd Street, Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. Thank you Marlies for your trust and love.
(Music Supervisor) is an NYC based music director, conductor and keyboardist. Currently, he is the keyboard 1/assistant conductor at Wicked on Broadway. As Music Director: Bring It On. Other Broadway credits: The Addams Family, Kinky Boots and Shrek. Deepest thanks to Tim and Evan for inviting me back to the Rent family. This, and everything, for Erin, Grace and Annabelle.
(Original Broadway Director) Broadway credits includethe upcoming Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Steven Levenson’s Dear Evan Hansen, Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s If/Then and Next to Normal, as well as Never Gonna Dance, Grey Gardens, and Rent. Recent work includes Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie’s War Paint at the Goodman Theatre, Katori Hall’s Our Lady of Kibeho and Angels in America at New York’s Signature Theater, the premiere of Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…. at the Public Theater, and The Tempest, Winter’s Tale, Romeo and Juliet at the Public’s Delacorte. Regional work includes premieres and revivals at Williamstown (10 seasons), La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage, Center Stage, Mark Taper Forum, Dallas Theatre Center, and Trinity Rep. Work Off-Broadway includes plays and musicals at the Public Theater, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, MCC, Signature, and the New York Theater Workshop, where he is an artistic associate. Education: B.S. Northwestern; M.F.A. UCSD.
(Set Design Adaptation) is proud to return to RENT for the 20th anniversary. As a member of IATSE Local 829 and Local 74 he has worked on project large and small around the world. Some projects include; Ring of Fire, La Boheme, Buried Child, How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying, Side Man. In the film industry he is noted for his Production designer for π(Pi), (1998 Sundance Directors Award). He has been the Director of Operations at Global Scenic Services since in fall 2007, while continuing his passion for live entertainment as the Production Manager for the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. Outside work he enjoys fishing with his three sons, Luke, Will and Mark, and serves on the board of both his town youth soccer program and the SWD Connecticut Junior Soccer Association.
(Lighting Design) Designed the lighting for the first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Off Broadway productions include Middle of the Night by the Keen Theater Company, The Ohmies at DRT & Playwrights Horizons, Who Is Floyd Stearn?, and Squeeze Box. John Moran’s Book of the DeadSecond Avenue at NYSF Public Theater.Re-Lights for Legally Blonde at the Star Theater in Sydney, Wicked at Universal Studios Japan, and Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses at St. Louis Rep, Missouri Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Hartford Stage. Associate/Assistant Broadway credits include Cabaret, Pippin, Streetcar Named Desire, Sister Act, Finian’s Rainbow, Wicked, Legally Blonde, White Christmas, and Metamorphoses. Jonathan teaches a summer Master’s program in Lighting Design at Southern Oregon University, lives in New York City, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Visit www.JSpencerDesign.com>
(Choreographer) is the Tony Award Nominated Choreographer of RENT, Drama League Award! recipient for the Los Angeles production of RENT, and a Dora Award Nomination for the Canadian production of RENT. Her work was licensed for RENT the movie, and she is the choreographer of the CINECAST of RENT. Brown Butterfly a multimedia celebration of the life and times of Muhammad Ali “The Greatest” as Director and Choreographer. Yearby co-created the concept with Composer Craig Harris with great critical acclaim. Ms. Yearby received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her choreography for Oedipus Plays at Washington Shakespeare Theatre in DC. A Bessie Award Recipient for her choreography on Stained written by Lisa Jones and Alva Rogers. She choreographed Shay Young Blood’s Talking Bones; Penumbra Theater MN, Rita Dove’s Darker Face of The Earth; Guthrie Theater in MN, Writer Sekou Sundiata’s Mystery of Love; American Musical Theater Festival in PA. Carl Hancock Rux’s Geneva Cottrell Waiting For The Dog To Die/Mabou Mines Director and Singing In the Womb of Angels as Director Ms. Yearby Is the founder and director of Movin’Spirits Dance Theater with commissions from Harlem Stages, Kansas Lied Center For The Performing Arts, MASS MoCa, The Exit Festival France, PS 122,The American Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, Kansas Lied Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. She was awarded two National College Choreography Initiatives the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Van Lier fellow, and 651 Arts Tradition and Transformation Award funded in part by the Doris Duke Foundation, BAX TEN Artists In Progress Awards, DEF Dance JAM Mentor Award. DanceHackIt- Director/Founder Lab Virtual Performance space of dancers simultaneous live streamed in The Gambia West Africa, St Lucia, Vermont, NY, BRIC Community TV Producer, She sat on the advisory board of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently she is developing a web platform for the creative exchange of dance, music, theater and art simultaneous global interactions streamed live. Writers Carl Hancock Rux, Laurie Carlos and composer Cooper Moore further develop Ms. Yearby’s The Beautiful/Unplugged a Performance Reality Libretto on the impact of media on the identity of an American family. She currently is in development with Aku Kadoga on her project Salt, an AfroFunk futuristic multi-media theater piece inspired by the salt mines of Detroit. She will direct a collaboration with Jazz artists Nnenna Freelon, Visual Artist Maya Freelon, and choreographer Kariamu Welsh. As an Artist Activist she champions the voices of women, helping to empower their authentic lives everywhere.
(Additional Arrangements): Broadway, as Musical Director: Jonathan Larson’s “Rent,” Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers,”, Jeanine Tesori’s ” Shrek The Musical.” Off Broadway; Patti Griffin’s “Ten Million Miles,” Stephen Schwartz’s “The Baker’s Wife.” Regional; “South Pacific” (Guthrie Theater-dir. Joe Haj) Broadway, as Composer; “Sally Marr And Her Escorts,” staring Joan Rivers. Off Broadway, Susan Lori Parks’, F***ing A.” As Arranger/Orchestrator: Broadway: “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill,” starring Audra MacDonald (also for HBO), “Rent,” “Shrek The Musical.” Film; Todd Graff’s “Camp,” Chris Columbus’ “Rent,” The Mark Pease Experience,” starring Ben Stiller and Anna Kendrick. Also, Tim has served on the board of the Jonathan Larson Foundation, which provides grants for upcoming composers and lyricists.
(Casting Director) is thrilled to join the Rent family! Casting Credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, dance companies, and about 525,600 tours! Recent tours: 42nd Street, Annie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (starring Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young), Mamma Mia!, The Wizard of Oz, and the upcoming CHEERS Live on Stage! Past tours: In the Heights, Cats, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar (starring Ted Neeley), Movin’ Out, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Bring It On.
(Casting) Tours: Kinky Boots, Motown, Vocalosity, Flashdance, Dreamgirls, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jekyll & Hyde, Joseph… Dreamcoat and A Chorus Line. Off-Broadway: Othello: The Remix, Church & State, The Portal, Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play, Handle with Care, Triassic Parq and more! Regional: Multiple seasons/shows for Riverside Theatre, Fla.; The Engeman Theatre, N.Y.; Theatre Raleigh, N.C.; Stages St Louis, Mo.; Theatre Aspen, Colo.; Gretna Theatre, Pa.; The Arvada Center, Colo.; and Tuacahn PAC, Utah. wscasting.com.