Marlena Tuchinsky (Musical Advisor) Marlena began singing professionally
at the age of five. She entered the world of Hebraic and Liturgical Music under
the tutelage of her father, Abraham Nadel, the renowned choir director. Mrs. Tuchinsky
has performed throughout the United States and Israel, including Town Hall, Madison
Square Garden, Theater of the Performing Arts and other outstanding concert stages.
Her unique style and repertoire of songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, and English
have gained her wide acclaim with audiences both young and old. Mrs. Tuchinsky was
the Director of Music at Hillel for over 25 years. Mrs. Tuchinsky holds degrees
in both vocal performances and music education. She has worked in collaboration
with Michael for over ten years.
Carole Barou-Mootoo (Costume Design) Born in France in the 1974, Carole Barou
graduated in Natural sciences in 1993. Then, she decided to open her vision and
develop her artistic side. She went to Art School (Ecole des Beaux- Arts de St Etienne-
France). Five years later, she got out with her Master Degrees in Design. Her thesis
on clothes drove her to Spain where she worked on several projects with Niall O'Flynn
(Irish Designer). She won first price on a design competition for MNAC (National
Museum of Art) in Barcelona. Her design has been published there since. She won
a special Grade for the Louvres School Museum Design Expression in Paris for one
of her design. Globetrotter in her mind and her heart, she started working for Club
Mediterranee as a costume Designer (went to discover, different countries, languages
and, cultures (Corsica, Tunisia, Cuba...). In 2001, she came to Miami on vacation,
and, started to come regularly until she met her future husband: Ralph Mootoo (American
and Panamanian). They got married in July 2005. Before, nobody could pronounce her
last name "Barou". Now everybody that pronouced her last name "Mootoo" can't forget
it! She learned how to speak English and improve her Spanish. Since, she has been
working as a French teacher (Rio de La Plata Language School in Coral Gables), as
a costume designer for movies (Abraham and Sarah- Ellis Family Music Co- Coconut
Grove), theaters (J-CAT), and as an interior designer for house owners. She wanted
to dedicate her work to her father who passed away six months ago, who taught her
how to work hard, be positive and strong in any situation. And to her mother who
taught her how to sew, and who is always telling her that "working with your heart
will take you wherever you want to go".
Shawn Lewis (Scenic Design Advisor) Shawn has designed over 75 full-length
plays internationally and in the US. She has designed 450 one act plays for Actors
Studio Drama School in the past nine years. During those nine years Shawn has been
Artistic Advisor and resident scenic designer for the Actors Studio Drama School
at New School University where she teaches design collaboration to directors and
playwrights in the Masters Degree program alongside the incomparable Tony Walton.
Additionally, she has taught Master classes at the University of North Carolina
and at Yale in set design. She is a member of The League of Professional Theater
Women and of United Scenic Artists. She was educated at North Carolina School of
the Arts, The School of Visual Arts and at New York University's TISCH School. She
thanks her teachers: Sherry Ceniza, Teresa Barns, Michael Andron, Clyde Fowler,
Lowell Detweiler, and Tony Walton.
Rosanne Gibel (Artist and Graphic Designer) is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer who has exhibited her work regionally and nationally for many years. Currently a faculty member at the Art Institute of Ft; Lauderdale, she has worked on projects across the country, from developing a promotional driving tour in rural Indiana to her current work as the graphic designer for J-CAT (for which she has been awarded two ADDY Awards for her poster designs. Her fine arts career has included regional and national juried exhibits as well as group and solo shows.
Violet Battat (Set Designer) Violet has had the opportunity to work with the Androns since 1999. Back then she was a little elf on the stage of The Hobbit. Her most recent role was as the young Esther last season, in Dear Esther, Today she is a graduate if the School of Architecture at the University of Miami and is working in her field. Violet enjoys the different approach to design and creating spaces that working on a set design for J-CAT has offered.