The New York Musical Theatre Festival Production of The View From Here

Shonn Wiley (Performer)

Shonn made his Broadway debut in the original cast of the Tony Award winning revival, 42nd St. He understudied the coveted role of Billy Lawlor, and shortly after opening, performed the role, catching the attention of producers and theatergoers alike. After completing his run on Broadway, Shonn was asked to star as Billy Lawlor in the groundbreaking Moscow production of 42nd St. Receiving rave reviews for his performance, Shonn became the first Broadway leading man to perform an American musical in Russia.

Last fall Shonn originated the role of Dr. Jack Seward on Broadway in Frank Wildhorn’s highly anticipated musical Dracula at the Belasco Theater. Shonn recently played Younger Brother in the successful production of Ragtime at the Papermill Playhouse. Directed by Stafford Arima, this was a reconceived version of the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical. RAGTIME was an amazing experience for Shonn as well as a critical success.

Shonn made his television debut on CBS’s Guiding Light in a recurring role as Young Josh Lewis. He also starred in an international commercial for YES Satellite Television in the fall of 2003. He was choreographed to dance through puddles and pouring rain in this MGM Singing in the Rain satire spot. Filmed in Bucharest, Romania, Shonn spent 16 hours in a soaking wet wool suit honoring his childhood idol Gene Kelly.

Shonn graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Acting from the School of Drama. He is the recipient of The Thomas Auclair Memorial Scholarship and The Adelyne Roth Levine Memorial Award in Acting.

Timothy Huang (Composer/Lyricist/Bookwriter)

Timothy Huang has performed in theatre, film and TV in and around the New York area since getting his BFA in acting from NYU/Tisch and CAP21 in 1997.

Theatre credits include the world premiere of Shanghai Lil's at Pan Asian Rep, the rock musical Making Tracks with Second Generation, NAATCO/Ma-Yi's You Can't Take It With You and Forbidden City Blues at Stamford Theatre Works. He also originated the role of Moxa in The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen for which he earned the coveted title: Asian Answer to John Cleese, and Kaji in last year's Burning Botticelli at the Fringe.

Screen credits include appearances on Late Nite with Conan O'Brien, SNL, Yongsoo Park's Free Country (Jason Kim), The Accident (with Amy Acker and Sarah Clarke) and HBO's The Soprano's. Timothy is also a voice behind the Chiclets campaign: Five Words That Sound Dirty But Aren't, and the Snapple White Tea farmer.

As a writer, Timothy has written book and lyrics for the one act musical And Then There Were Two with composer Carl Fernstrum (NYU/GMTWP), and music for the one acts Breathing Mars with playwright Liz Duffy Adams (Warning: Not For Broadway or the Met Either) and Kissing Nick with playwright Catherine Ward (Raw Impressions Musical Theatre Workshop). His first full-length, So Far, So Good, for which he wrote music and lyrics, prompted him to go to NYU a second time for his MFA in musical theatre writing. His second full length and graduate thesis, And the Earth Moved was a finalist for the National Music Theatre Network's New Voices Prize in 2004 and one of the top five audience favorites in the 2004 New York Musical Theatre Festival, which hosted its premiere production.

Elizabeth Lucas (Book collaboration/Director, Premiere Production, NYMF 2005)

Elizabeth Lucas has developed new musicals for the theatre at every stage. Among her many theatre credits, her Midwest premiere of Hello Again won two After Dark Awards and was recommended for a Jefferson Award. Her productions of Footloose and Jekyll & Hyde were recently seen at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. She has directed readings and workshops at Makor, The York Theatre, The Directors Company, Musical Writers Playground and others, all with Broadway-level talent. Favorite stage directing credits include Nine, Kiss of the Spider Woman and the Marta Kauffman/David Crane/Michael Skloff-written Rapunzel.  For more information on Elizabeth, please visit

David Epstein (Music Director)

In 2000, David graduated NYU with a degree in Jazz Performance, earning the Jazz Student Of The Year Award. His first major gig ?a weekly duo hit at the world-famous Birdland jazz club, lasting four and a half years ? led the way for other performances there, including opening for a Lee Morgan tribute and sharing the New Year's Eve stage with Little Jimmy Scott.

Through contacts made at SUNY Purchase, where he received a Masters with highest honors in May 2004, David has gone on to perform with Ray Vega and Jon Faddis, with Ray at his weekly gig at Kavehaz and with Jon, most recently, at the IAJE conference in NY.

David was the pianist at the National Arts Club's presentation of its Medal of Honor to Dave Brubeck in 2003. He has also performed abroad in Switzerland , Israel , Italy , and Greece .

Meredith Patterson (Associate Producer) is proudly making her theatrical producing debut.  She recently produced, composed, and recorded her debut album MerieNYC (due in November).  She continues to be very successful acting in such notable projects as the films Broken Flowers with Bill Murray and Disney's The Princess Diaries II.  She's starred in Steve Martin's play The Underpants (Geffen Playhouse), Julie Andrews directorial debut as Polly in The Boyfriend (Bay Street Theatre), and starred as Peggy in the recent Broadway revival of 42nd St. Meredith just played Katie Brown in the reading of Calamity Jane and will be reprising her role as Judy Haynes in White Christmas in L.A.

Tim Byrnes (Trumpet/Sam) has been a trumpeter and composer in New York City since 1998.  He has played and written for various bands, including Candiria, Budd Dwyer, Romance and Friendly Bears.  He currently resides in Washington Heights.

Dan Ordower (Lighting Designer) Off-Broadway: Pieces (of Ass), Ears on a Beatle, Sholom Aleichem - Now You're Talking, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder, Cooper Savage, and the revival of Shopping and Fucking.  Opera and regional theatre: Chicago, Portland, Baltimore, Miami and around the country.  Festival and installation designs: The Tribeca Film Festival, New York Musical Theatre Festival, and The New York Fringe Festival.  Awards: 2005 NY IT Award Outstanding Lighting Design, 2001 Portland Drammy Award Best Lighting Design, and 2000 OOBR Award Best Production.  Daniel is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Justin Lin (Production Assistant) graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000 with degrees in Economics and Marketing.  Following three years in finance, he moved to the Tri-State area in 2004 to pursue a career in entertainment marketing.  He worked for an independent music label for a year and was a producer of Timothy Huang's And the Earth Moved in the inaugural NYMF 2004.  Justin is excited about this year's show, and thanks Tim for his writing and  for the opportunity.  He also thanks Winnie, Nikki, and Tasha for their strength and support.

Michael Cassara (Casting Director) NYMF: 6 Women With Brain Death, Project Footlight, Bingo City, and The Woman Upstairs (2004).  Other credits include Joy (Off-Broadway), The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown (Makor) and Douglas J. Cohen and Cheryl Davis's new musical Barnstormer.  Michael is presently at work directing a reading of a new musical called Bump in the Road, taking place as part of NYMF on 9/29.  Please visit

Valerie Lau-Kee Lai (Stage Manager) Broadway Credits: Carousel (LCT), Chronicle of a Death Foretold (LCT), The Capeman, Miss Saigon, Grease!, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Aida (Disney), Wonderful Town.  National Tours: The World Goes 'Round, Secret Garden, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind.  Broadway performance credits: The King & I with Yul Brynner, Smile by Marvin  Hamlisch.