Who We Are

Meet the StrawHat Producers

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 DavidBabyThe Three MusketeersLes MiserablesCats, 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:  Marge in The Bridges of Madison County, Rose in GypsyDonna in Mamma Mia!Daisy in Driving Miss DaisyDolly 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 DoubtCarmen Bernstein in CurtainsMadame 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 protected]

JAY SPADONE's extensive theatrical background ranges from General Manager for the Montclair TheatreFest on productions such as The RinkDames 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 by high school a'cappella 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. In addition, he served for many years as associate editor of Theatrical Index, working with the legendary Price Berkley. Mr. Spadone has been the Associate Producer of the StrawHat Auditions since 1994.

We look forward to seeing you.