Kevin Kraft Joseph Pujol

Kevin played the role of Joseph Pujol in the 2006 Fringe Festival Production of The Fartiste. On Broadway Kevin was in the Original Cast of the 1996 revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the Pre-Broadway Workshop of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Off-Broadway Kevin played Bob Ziak in the Original Cast of American Dreams: Lost and Found at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Juilliard’s “The Acting Company”. He also toured in The Acting Company’s 30th Anniversary Tour of As You Like It (ending up taking over the role of Orlando). Off-Broadway: Original Cast of Johnny Guitar, the Musical at the Century Center.

Rachel Kopf (Nini/Rose/Jane/Marie)

Rachel Kopf is thrilled to be back with her Fartiste family after performing in the original production in 2006. Rachel spent three years playing the role of Ellen in the North American tour of Miss Saigon. Regional credits: Thoroughly Modern Millie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stages St. Louis), Anything Goes (Olney Theatre Center of the Arts), Grease and The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Forestburg Playhouse). Rachel has appeared as a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and can currently be seen performing around NYC with the legendary Loser’s Lounge tribute band. She holds a BFA from the Boston Conservatory and trained at The London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts. Michael and Charlie – thank you.

Herndon Lackey(Charles Ziedler/Henri Toulouse-Lautrec)

Herndon Lackey's Broadway credits include Erich Geibel in LoveMusik, Hugh Dorsey in Parade, Tom Davenport in Inherit the Wind, The Warden in Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and the Squire of Dinidan in Camelot.  Off-Broadway he has been seen in Forbidden Broadway, Sarah Plain & Tall, Richard Cory, Bloomer Girl, and The Audience.  Regional Theatre: The Opposite of Sex at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bounce at the Goodman and Kennedy Center, The Tavern at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and 3hree at the Ahmansan Theatre.  Film: Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Most recently Herndon appeared in the London Production of Paradise Found at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Analisa Leaming(Elizabeth/Joseph's Father/Can-Can Dancer)

Analisa was last seen in New York City in the Encores! production of Where's Charley? at the New York City Center. Tours include: Annie (Grace Farrell) and The Sound of Music (Maria u/s, Sister Sophia.) Regional credits include: The Music Man (Marian Paroo) at the GeVa Theatre, The Game (Emilie) and Sweeney Todd at the Barrington Stage Company. B.M. from the Eastman School of Music. Lotte Lenya/Kurt Weill Competition Winner. A huge thanks to the gang at The Gage Group. TYSS!

Lindsay Roginski(La Goulou/Antoinette)

Lindsay is thrilled to be in the cast of The Fartiste. Starred as Roxie Hart in the national tour of Chicago the Musical, Lola in Damn Yankees, and was also in 42nd Street, Grease, Godspell, Crazy For You, Closer Then Ever, and My One and Only, among other productions. Graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.

Steven Scott (Vocal

Steven is best known as a comedy headliner who performs at many of the top comedy clubs from NY to LA and has traveled to all 7 continents; performing for corporate events, cruises, colleges, festivals, roasts, military bases and showrooms everywhere from Atlantic City to the Las Vegas Strip. As a comedian, actor and host he has made numerous television show appearances and has lent his multifaceted voice to a number of commercials, films and video games. He loves getting paid now to do exactly what used to get him in trouble as a kid. For more information visit

Nick Wyman(Aristide Bruant)

His 15 Broadway credits include Catch Me If You Can, Tale of Two Cities, Phantom, Les Miz, My Fair Lady, Sly Fox, Very Good Eddie, Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Doubles, and On the Twentieth Century. His feature films include Die Hard With a Vengeance, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Igby Goes Down, Maid in Manhattan, Funny Farm, Weeds, Private Parts, and Synecdoche, NY. Among his television appearances are “One Life to Live,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order,” “The Chappelle Show,” “The Murder of Mary Phagan” plus numerous voice-over and on-camera commercials. He has worked at such regional theaters as Guthrie, Arena Stage, Goodman Theater, Asolo Rep, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public, et alia. A proud member since 1974, he is the President of Actors Equity Association.

Kaitlyn Hickey(Understudy/Assistant Stage Manager)

Kaitlyn is thrilled to be a part of The Fartiste. An Arizona native, she studied the Meisner Technique of acting at NYU and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and had been farting since she was born. Favorite roles include Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Jo in Little Women, the Musical, and Dot in Sunday in the Park With George. Winner of the Valley Theatre Rising Star award, the National Youth Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical, and Best Actor at the Brophy Film Festival. Thank you to my amazing parents, Jim Brill, and to the whole Fartiste team.

The Band

Rachel Kaufman(Music Director)

Rachel is a multi-instrumentalist who has music directed and/or played for well over 250 musicals and cabaret shows worldwide. Having worked on Golf: The Musical since 2004, she is thrilled to work with Michael Roberts once again. Credits include: Off-B'way: Schoolhouse Rock Live!, CYCLE (Composer), and The Ambition Bird (w/Victoria Clark); Tours: Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Golf, Ain't Misbehavin', Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe's Café; Regional: Tom Jones (NSMT) and Hallelujah, Baby! (Arthur Laurents, dir.). Rachel can also be seen playing for auditions, classes, improv comedy groups, at restaurants, piano bars, and on cruise ships. She holds a B.A. in Music (and Russian) from the University of Chicago.

Ben Rauch(Assistant Music Director/Keyboard 2)

Ben has music directed and played piano for numerous musicals, as well as for some amazing singers, bands, improv groups, synagogues, churches, senior centers, mental hospitals, and his mother.  As a composer, he wrote the music for the award winning short film, The Condom Killer and the music for the comedy music videos, Partially Stalked Love and Intern Rap.  As a singer-songwriter, Ben co-wrote and performed the official song for the Chilean Miners, The World Is Watching which can bebought on iTunes.  An actor as well, Ben has performed in various Off-Broadway and regional musicals and plays. His TV credits include: ”Gossip Girl”, “ED”, and “Strangers With Candy”.  Ben is also a certified Alexander Technique instructor.

Howie Gordon(Drums)

Howie (Howee) Gordon has over 40 years of experience as a professional musician. Highlights include: the drum chair with Eartha Kitt for ten years; co-founding the successful group on the DMP label, Bob’s Diner. He has work with the Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras; playing drums for Johnny Hartman, Freda Payne, Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington; Cab Calloway, Jerry Lewis, Lorna Luft to name a few and directing his own group, The Gordon Project, for a recording on the Koch Jazz label. He has also played numerous Broadway shows such as West Side Story, Grease, and Chicago. He also has done extensive work for film and TV commercials.

Creative Team

The Schulberts

The Schulberts is a producing entity formed of and for writers who wish to have a greater creative and financial stake in their theatrical productions. The Schulberts (along with their producing partners) produced the musical The Fartiste at the 2006 NYCFRINGE Festival (where it won the award for Best Musical).

New projects in development include a musical My American Family (about three generations of a Jewish family in America) and Late Night Naked  (Adult cabaret and sketch-comedy.)

The Schulberts are in the process of commissioning other theater artists in an effort to develop projects that service both traditional theaters and niche markets.  The Schulberts are committed to maintaining long-term relationships with their investors and connecting with new audiences. Contact:


Charlie is a native New Yorker and the recipient of the 2010 Walton Fellowship from The Arena Stage for his play The Great Man. This past fall his play Character Assassins received critical acclaim in its world premier at NJ Rep. Off-Broadway credits: Angel of Death, The Ground Zero Club and The Birthday Present (Outer Critics Circle Special Commendation.) His play The Kitchen was presented at the National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Center was recently adapted into the Book for the new musical My American Family with music and lyrics by Michael Roberts. (Workshopped in Spring ’09 at AMerican University.)

Charlie’s plays are published by The Dramatists Play Service and in several anthologies including The Ground Zero Club (and other prize winning plays.) (Dell/Bantam). His chapter on playwriting is published in The Portable MFA. (Writers Digest)

Charlie is a three-time winner of The Avery Hopwood Award in Drama from The University of Michigan. He received The Paulette Goddard Fellowship New York University and the Charles MacArthur Award for Comedy from The National Playwright’s Conference. Charlie teaches playwriting and screenwriting at New York University and is on the faculty of Spalding University’s, brief residency, MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a member of the WGAE, The Dramatists Guild, ACT/ UAW and is a Founding member of New York Writers Resources.


Michael Roberts is the author, composer and lyricist of the hit Off-Broadway comedy GOLF: The Musical. After its critically-acclaimed 2003-2004 Off-Broadway run at the John Houseman Theater, productions followed in more than 20 states. International productions include Japan, Canada, Scotland, Finland and New Zealand. It has also enjoyed two Off-Broadway Revivals, most recently in winter 2010 at the Midtown Theater.

Michael’s, Thanks for the Memories, a one-man show about Bob Hope featuring two-time Tony-nominee Joel Blum, debuted in Peoria, and has since been revived in California. He was, for 15 years, the composer/lyricist for The Broadway Kids, which had a successful run at The Lambs Theater in 2005-2006. His most recent musical, My American Family (also a collaboration with Charlie Schulman), debuted at the Manhattan JCC in 2008. It was produced at American University in 2010. It was also presented at Off-Broadway’s Abingdon Theater in 2010, featuring Stephanie J. Block.

His incidental music for the New York stage includes My Secret Garden, The Tidings Brought To Mary, and the Off-Broadway hit Jewtopia.

Michael’s music for the screen includes independent films, documentaries and features, including Tri-Star’s Love Walked In, starring Dennis Leary. His music for television includes ABC-TV, The Golf Channel, and Bravo, as well as four seasons as a composer for Rupert Holmes’ Emmy-Award-Winning sitcom Remember WENN. As a music director, he has collaborated with Donna Murphy, Rupert Holmes, Leslie Gore, Stephanie Mills, Bobby Sherman, Joan Rivers, and The Capitol Steps.

John Gould RubinDirector

John Gould Rubin’s recent directing credits include: Hedda Gabler which he staged in a Town House for 25 people per performance, Little Doc at Rattlestick, The Importance of Being Ernest for Twin Tiers Theatre and In the Daylight at the McGinn Cazale; he was Co-Artistic and Executive Director of LAByrinth Theater Company for which he directed the premieres of Philip Roth in Khartoum and Penalties & Interest (both as part of Public/LAB at The Public Theater); STopless; The Trail of Her Inner Thigh by Erin Cressida Wilson; John Patrick Shanley’s A Winter Party; (and co-created and directed:) Dreaming in Tongues; and Mémoire. He co-created and directed The Erotica Project for the NYSF; Trial By Water for Ma-Yi; A Taste of Honey at Playwrights Horizons; Blood in the Sink at Urban Stages; both A Matter Of Choice and NAMI for Partial Comfort; Rebecca Gilman’s The Land of Little Horses, Frank McGuiness’ Factory Girls, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Three Birds Alighting on a Field and Richard Nelson’s Franny’s Way, for the Stella Adler Studio; Hamlet for Columbia’s MFA Thesis Project, EST’s and Naked Angel’s Marathons; The Fartiste for the NY Fringe Festival (Best Musical.) He wrote (and played Ivan Boesky in) The Predators’ Ball (collaborating with Karole Armitage and David Salle) for the Teatro Comunale in Florence, Italy, and at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. He recently directed his first film, Almost Home for Trigger Street Independent, which was presented at The Berkshire Film Festival.

(Producer) For LAByrinth he produced Our Lady of 121st Street (and it’s commercial production off-Broadway), and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train at Center Stage/NY; Off-Broadway (two Drama Desk noms.); at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival (Fringe First Award); at The Donmar Warehouse; and at The Arts Theatre on the West End in London (Olivier Award nom.) Mr. Rubin produced a tour of Macbeth with Stephen Dillane playing all the roles at the Almeida Theater in London, the Sydney Theater in Australia and New Zealand. He also produced John Patrick Shanley’s Dirty Story for LAByrinth at Theater Row.

(Actor) As an actor, Mr. Rubin appeared at The Public Theater/NYSF in the SPF production of The Sacrifices, Second Stage in John Patrick Shanley’s play, Cellini, on Broadway opposite Glenn Close and Gene Hackman in Death and The Maiden, under Mike Nichol’s direction; in the title role of Moliere’s Don Juan, at The Mark Taper Forum in L.A. under the direction of Travis Preston, for which he received the DramaLogue Award in Acting; as Jacques in John Tillinger’s production of As You Like it; in Martin Crimp’s adaptation of The Misanthrope, with Uma Thurman and Roger Rees; as well as in the lead role of Mr. Crimp’s Play With Repeats, with Francis McDormand.

Mr. Rubin’s Film appearances include the Spanish film by Juanma Bajo Ulloa, Frágil, The Out-of-Towners, Three Men and a Baby and Dead Again. Television appearances include New York News, Good Advice, Law & Order (all versions, many times) and The Story Behind the Story.

Richard MoveChoreographer

Richard Move is Director of MoveOpolis! His commissions include creations for Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project, Martha Graham Dance Company, Deborah Harry and Blondie, American Festival of Paris, Florence Opera Ballet, European Cultural Capitol, and the Guggenheim Museum, among many. Move choreographed Dame Shirley Bassey’s Diamonds are Forever at the Cannes Film Festival and directed Isaac Mizrahi’s LES MIZrahi. MoveOpolis! collaborators regularly include designer Patricia Field (Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada) and writer Hilton Als (The New Yorker). His films include Bardo, Jury Prize nominee at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival; BloodWork – The Ana Mendieta Story, National Board of Review Prize at the Director’s Guild of America and GhostLight, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also choreographed the cult film Strangers With Candy, starring Amy Sedaris, Mathew Broderick and Stephen Colbert. Martha@ …, Move’s performances as 20th Century Icon Martha Graham, received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (‘Bessies’), tours internationally and has been featured on the BBC, La Sept TV/France and PBS (Emmy Award). Martha@…The 1963 Interview premiered at Dance Theater Workshop last winter and returns for encore performances November 16-19, 2011 at New York Live Arts. He is a TEDGlobal Oxford Fellow and a Ph.D. Candidate at New York University. Please visit

Maximilian Cappelli-KingAssistant to the Choreographer

Raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Max Cappelli-King has a deep love of both classical and modern forms of dance. Trained in the techniques of ballet and modern as shaped by George Balanchine and Martha Graham, Max has performed classics from both as well as works by Jose Limon, Ohad Naharin, and Jiri Kilian. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Max began formally training at the age of 12 at the Madison Professional Dance Center, and is now studying in his third year at Juilliard.

The Producers

Robert DragottaAssociate Producer

Robert is an award winning Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and has brought some of the freshest new works (The Fartiste) to the stage both in New York and London, including Sarah Jones’ Bridge and Tunnel, Noises Off, Bombay Dreams, Flower Drum Song, Girls Night: The Musical, Girl Talk and Lorna Luft’s Songs My Mother Taught Me. He is Executive Producer for the film Slip, Tumble & Slide starring Tony Award Winner Levy Kreis, and produced the documentary film Encounters With Truth, featuring Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.

Diane ProcterAssociate Producer

Diane first produced theater for family and friends in her back yard in Tyler, Texas as a nine year old prodigy. Later, she danced in numerous Texas productions, including Lil Abner, The Music Man and the Pink Panther along with Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan under the guidance and direction of Utah Grounds.

As a college student she turned her creative endevors toward architecture studying at the University Of Texas at Austin. Once graduated and relocated in New York, her experience in theater, lead to her work as an architect with show business personalities such as Madonna, Mary Tyler Moore, and Michael Jackson. She also designed offices and homes for Ed Germano of the Hit Factory, SESAC and The Hit Factory.

Despite the success of her architectural practice, Diane yearned to rejoin the theater world. In the last few years, she has directed and produced, Love and Game, Love and Backgammon and In The Twenties, three short plays by Alec Benn. In the summer of 2006 she co-produced The Fartiste at The New York Fringe Festival where it captured the Award for Best Musical.

She still practices architecture in her spare time.

Stephen HanksAssociate Producer

Stephen saw the original production of The Fartiste at the 2006 Fringe Festival and was instantly smitten with Charlie Schulman’s book and Michael Roberts’ score. He was hoping for a chance to help nurture and develop the show for an extended New York musical theater run and he couldn’t be more pleased that the goal has been realized.

A magazine publisher and editorial director by trade for more than 30 years (he has either created or run more than a dozen magazines), Stephen Hanks has infiltrated the Broadway Musical and Cabaret scenes in New York in various ways since 2002 when he started the “Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp,” a workshop in which amateurs rehearse and perform staged readings of famous Broadway shows. Since ’02, Stephen has produced BMFC presentations of Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls (twice) South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof (the latter three he also directed). Stephen has played the parts of Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees and Sky Masterson and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, as well as support roles in the other shows.

Stephen has also dabbled in cabaret singing, having performed in five different productions through the 92nd Street Y and Collette Black’s Manhattan Cabaret Arts’s shows. He has also performed cabaret at "Wednesday Night at the Iguana" and "The Salon" (Sunday nights at Etcetera. Etcetera Restaurant) and currently reviews shows as a contributing writer for Cabaret Scenes Magazine and Times Square Chronicles. In fall 2011, Stephen was elected to the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).

In 2010, Stephen was elected the first Board President of the Musical Monday Theatre Lab, Inc., a 13-year-old non-profit organization that presents workshops of new and developing musicals four times each year.

Stephen, who also plays Over-40 Baseball and is a member of the International Al Jolson Society, lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with wife Beatrice and daughter Jean, who is in her sophomore year at Tulane University.  


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SPECIAL THANKS: Sari Schorr, Musical Mondays Theatre Lab, Frank Evens, Bick Goss,
The Snapple Theater Center, NYC Fringe Festival, The Laurie Beechman Theater, Graham Kindred,
Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage
, Brenda Abbandandolo, Sophie Greller, SONOR Drums,
Hohnor Music, Amedia Cymbals, Genie Printing.

The Fartiste was first presented by The Drama Center at the West Side Y; Diana Amsterdam, Producer