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18900 NE 25th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL · 305.932.4200 ext. 130

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 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 graduated with her Masters Degree 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 prize in 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, no one 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 (JCAT), 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".

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 of 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 JCAT has offered.

 

Ron Headrick has directed and/or choreographed more than 350 Musicals in stock and regional theaters. He appeared on Broadway in Funny Girl, the City Center Revival of On the Town with Elaine Stritch, as well as several National Tours. Ron has produced major night club shows in Las Vegas and Mexico City as well as all over the Caribbean. For years he produced shows for major Miami Beach Hotels. In 1995, he journeyed to Russia, where he taught American Musical Theater and produced a piece of Chekov’s The Three Sisters, covered by both Moscow and Kiev television. His local credits include Hollywood Playhouse, Shores Theater, Arscht Center, Royal Palm Dinner Theater and GableStage, where he choreographed the critically acclaimed Adding Machine (Carbonell Nomination). Ron holds a B.F.A. in Dance/Theater from Texas Christian University and a M.F.A. in Directing/Theater from Florida Atlantic University. He has been a master teacher in tap and jazz for the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (YoungArts) and has been selected to appear in Who’s Who of American Teachers more than a dozen times. He received the Film Recording Entertainment Council (FREC) Special Acknowledgement 2006 Award for his contribution to the early development of the Miami Beach Tourist and Entertainment Industry. He has been a guest theacher/lecturer at numerous Colleges and Universities. He has done extensive work in Children’s Theater, having worked with the Hollywood Playhouse, Miami Childrens Theater and Frenchwoods Festival of the Performing Arts for many years. For many years, Ron Directed the Gold-diggers Charity Show, raising over Two Million dollars for Leukemia Research. He also has staged the Orange Bowl Half Time Shows as well as the Orange Bowl Parades in years past. He has a number of former students on Broadway, National Television and Major Dance Companies. He has been on the faculty at New World School of the Arts since 1989, where he has been Director of the New World Connection since 1992.

Rosanne Gibel (Artist and Graphic Designer) Rosanne has done poster design and branding for JCAT since its inception. She has recently taken on the role of Director Public Relations including promotions and social media. Rosanne is the Director of Communications at the RASG Hebrew Acedemy and the owner of Rosanne Gibel Design, a full-service graphic design company where her work for JCAT has won multiple national awards. Rosanne also designed all the illustrations for The Essential Guide to Energy Healing by Michael and Ben Andron, available from Penguin/Alpha Books.

Daniella Abraham (Box Office) Daniella has been with JCAT since the beginning. She acted in The Miracle Worker and then decided the stage was not the place for her but continued to work in tech. Fast forward 5 years and countless shows later and she’s back. Daniella is tireless in her efforts to accomodate the needs of JCAT ticket holders and excited to be a part of the JCAT family!

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