KIRSTI CARNAHAN, a member of Actors Equity Association since 1983, originated the role
of Marta in Kiss of the Spider Woman, playing in Toronto, London, and on Broadway
with the legendary Chita Rivera and later with Vanessa Williams. Other Broadway/National Tour
credits: King David, Baby, The Three Musketeers, Les Miserables,
Cats, and Annie.
Regional appearances include the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodspeed Opera, Connecticut
Repertory Theatre, Arvada Center for the Arts, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse
in the Park, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and New Harmony Theatre. Other credits: Rose
in Gypsy, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy,
Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Vera Charles in Mame; she received the New
Hampshire Professional Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of
Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Weathervane Repertory Theatre, with
additional roles in the WVT alternating rep season of Sister Aloysius in Doubt,
Carmen Bernstein in Curtains, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit,
the Female Authority Figure in Hairspray, and Hold Me-Touch Me in
The Producers. In 1986 she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her portrayal
of Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, while in 1998 she received the Upper Bucks
County Critic's Honorable Mention for Best Actress for her work in Painting Churches.
Ms. Carnahan has been the Managing Director of StrawHat Theatrical Services, LLC, the
organization which produces the StrawHat Auditions, since 1996. She teaches annual Audition
Technique Master Classes at Pace University, and has led classes at Emerson, NYU, Coastal
Carolina University, Syracuse University, and others. To request Ms. Carnahan as a Guest
Lecturer or Master Teacher, please contact us at email@example.com.
JAY SPADONE's extensive theatrical background ranges from General Manager for the
Montclair TheatreFest on productions such as The Rink, Dames At Sea, and To
Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, to five seasons as a musical director at Williamstown Theatre
Festival. As a musician and composer, his credits range from Off-Broadway to regional
productions, jazz and pop studio work (keyboards and electric bass), and he has composed
original scores for world premier productions working with such luminaries as Tennessee
Williams and Arthur Miller. His vocal arrangements have been sung by the Colgate 13, on national
television; and sang with the Colgate 13 at Super Bowl 13; and as by high school acappella groups in New York and
Connecticut. During his stint as a talent manager, Jay's clients included Emmy and Academy
Award nominees as well as several popular daytime and prime time television personalities.
He also was an associate editor for many years for Theatrical Index, working with the legendary
Mr. Spadone has been the Associate Producer of the StrawHat Auditions since 1994, as
well as serving as the organization's Web Master.
We look forward to seeing you.