Jill Gorrie is an international choreographer, director and teaching artist. She recently choreographed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Intrepid Shakespeare Company in San Marcos and is currently choreographing Singin' in the Rain for San Diego Musical Theatre, which will be performed in May downtown at the Spreckels Theatre. Other choreography credits include: Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist, which was performed off-Broadway as part of the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival; Romance Romance, Humbug Holiday Spectacular, and Man With A Load of Mischief (North Coast Repertory Theatre), Aida, Hairspray and Singin' in the Rain (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), Gotta Get A Gimmick-Burlesque to Broadway (BB King's, NYC), The People Vs. Mona (Off- Broadway), Oklahoma and Hello Dolly (Westchester Broadway Theatre), A Little Night Music, Pal Joey and I Love A Piano (SDSU).
As a performer, Jill has danced at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The St. James Theatre on Broadway, numerous regional theaters throughout the US, on Broadway national tours, and across Europe as the dance captain of the musical Grease. As resident director/choreographer, Jill works with the international tour of Grease, an ongoing production with which she has been affiliated for over 15 years. She has had the honor of restaging Grease productions in cities such as Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, Istanbul, and Byblos, Lebanon.
Jill is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (B.F.A. in Dance), and recently received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. Her diverse teaching career spans The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (NYC), CAP21, New York University, San Diego State University, The American Academy of Ballet, Academie Danza (Modena, Italy), Abraxas Musical Akademie (Munich, Germany) and The South African Society for the Advancement of Dancing. Jill has served as an adjudicator, and guest teacher for dance organizations, competitions, conventions, theatre schools and private dance studios worldwide, having students go on to succeed in all aspects of the performance industry.
Bradley J. Behrmann hails from Belleville, IL. He graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, in 2004 with a B.Mus. in Music Education and a B.A. in English with a minor in Theatre Arts. He now attends San Diego State University where he is pursuing his MFA in Musical Theatre. An activist for fine arts education at all levels, Brad has taught at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Southwest Illinois College, and Missouri Baptist University, and he has served as Director of Music at Notre Dame High School in St. Louis since 2005. Brad's diverse theatre credits include acting, directing, and music directing. Favorite roles include Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Frank in Restoration, and Sebastian in The Tempest (St. Louis Shakespeare), as well as Man Bird in A Year with Frog & Toad, Dr. Craven in The Secret Garden, and Baron in Grand Hotel (Overdue Theatre Company). Regionally, he premiered the roles of snowman-building Israel Swan in Cannibal! The Musical (Morning Star Productions) and reputation-smearing Britt Craig in Parade (R-S Theatrics). Brad currently serves as Artistic Director for Youth Sing Praise, a week-long program for high school students combining musical theatre within a faith-based retreat; his first original musical—Just Pretend—will premiere there in June 2015.
Brand new to San Diego, Julia Cuppy originally hails from Southern Oregon where she was a certified Theatre and English teacher and Producing Artistic Director for Grants Pass High Theatre Department. Over the last ten years, she has worked with 1000s of college and high school students, directed and produced over 40 theatrical productions and has been a member of many committees and state boards that strive to improve educational practices for all teachers. Currently, she teaches acting to the undergraduates in San Diego State University Theatre Department. She is also a current graduate student in the SDSU's MFA Musical Theatre program. In her free time, she works regionally as a musical theatre performer. Her most favorite roles include Kathy Seldon in Singin' in the Rain and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Julia earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching with endorsements in Theatre and English Education and a BA in Theatre Performance from Southern Oregon University. She has also attended CAP 21, a musical theatre conservatory in NYC. Julia, her husband Adam and her two dogs, Walle (a golden retriever) and Penny (a dalmatian), are looking forward to becoming a part of the community in San Diego.