our reading committee
Bite-Sized Broadway enlists the help of a group of paid readers (the Mini-Musical Reading Committee or MMRC) to read and evaluate all submissions before passing along their recommendations to producers. The MMRC is a diverse group of trusted readers made up of different ages, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions,, cultural backgrounds, abilities, and other demographics in order to attempt to emulate our writers and our listenership as a whole.
This inaugural committee was appointed by IndieWorks Artistic Director, Christopher Michaels, after an open application process. The committee of 11 is a peer-governed group led by Chairperson Brandon A. Wright, Secretary Amy Andrews, and Committee Deputy, Maggie Carrido. Membership includes Caitlyn Burt, Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda, Judith Manocherian, David Huang Pham, Ben Tostado, Dana Young-Howze, and Emily Zhou.
season 2 members
Amy Andrews is a NYC-based lyricist/librettist/dramaturg who is passionate about theater as a driver of social change. Her musical THE AMERICAN DREAM (music by Isabel Gúzman) was produced at the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival (Pick of the Fringe nomination). Amy is co-founder (with Hayley Goldenberg) of WOMEN & THEATRE, a podcast that explores the experiences of women and nonbinary people in the theater industry. Founding member of the Musical Theatre Writing Collective. amyandrewscreative.comGo to link
Caitlyn is an award-winning Lyricist, Librettist and Dramaturg who, along with Amir Shoenfeld, has spent the last six months developing a new musical as the first Cameron Mackintosh resident writing team. Caitlyn has been commissioned to write several productions worldwide and was chosen for the Hosking Houses Trust writers' bursary. Caitlyn’s SHEILA THE TINY TURTLE was featured in the first season of Bite-Sized Broadway and she is delighted to be part of the second season. caitlynburt.comGo to link
Johanna Carlisle-Zepeda is an Equity Actor who is excited to be returning to Bite Sized Broadway where she appeared last year in THE GETAWAY as Marie/Robber1! Off Broadway: AMERICANO! – Felicitas Regional credits include: IN THE HEIGHTS - Abuela Claudia, MATILDA - Miss Trunchbull, THE TOXIC AVENGER - Mayor/Ma, THE VIEW UPSTAIRS - Inez, MISS YOU LIKE HELL - Beatriz, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN - Mother, LES MISERABLES - Madame Thernardier, ANNIE - Miss Hannigan.
Maggie is an interdisciplinary performing artist and activist based in the Pacific Northwest. Her focus is on developing new works by historically under-invited authors and artists.
Judy is a theatrical producer. Broadway: Pictures From Home, The Great Society, The Prom (Drama Desk), The Lifespan of a Fact, Once on This Island (Tony). Off-Broadway: Fern Hill, Smart Blonde, Smokey Joe's Cafe. Film: A Call to Spy (Netflix). Podcast: 12-time award-winning Bite-Sized Broadway, Season One.
David is a musical theater science communicator. After his astrophysics undergrad at Michigan State, he studied playwriting as a Working Title Playwrights apprentice in Atlanta and Playwrights Foundation fellow in San Francisco. MilkyWay Theatre Company produced a sold-out workshop production of his musical ELLIPSES in THEATRE 71 AT BLESSED SACRAMENT in January 2023. His moonbase is in New York City. His earthbase is in Wyoming, Michigan. Be up to lightspeed at davidquang.comGo to link
Ben is an actor/director/teacher who recently co-starred with Queen Latifah on a PSA short about obesity for Novo Nordisk. Selected Theatre: SEUSSICAL (original Off-Broadway Cast recording), IN THE HEIGHTS (Mill Mountain), BRECHT’S LIFE OF GALILEO (workshop at Tectonic Theatre Project), THE GIANT HOAX and THE BEE-MAN (IndieWorks), HAIR (Gallery Players), JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT (Hangar). Television: “General Hospital”, “Port Charles”. Proud member of AEA. bentostado.comGo to link
CD w/ The Casting Collaborative. Playwright/Lyricist: NOPLACE (Goodspeed/Mercer, Eugene O’Neill semifinalist), THE BOOK OF YOU (Durango Arts Center), THE JOINING PLACE (Bandcamp), SUGAR SKULL (nat. tour), THURGOOD GROWS UP (Sugar Hill Museum). Upcoming Commissions: Sundog Thea, Spinning Dot Thea, EMU. Dr. Hasija Award recipient (presented by K. Davenport). Writes musicals w/ J. Esher. Queer, gender-fluid, MENA, BROWN, working to increase positive representation for historically excluded voices.
Brandon is a multi-hyphenate theatre artist and educator. Primarily an actor, Wright has performed regionally on the east coast and the midwest and most recently he joined the company of Charles Fuller's A SOLDIER'S PLAY (1st Nat'l). Brandon is also a director with NYC and university credits. Mr. Wright serves as Asst. Professor of Acting & Directing @ Binghamton University. Social media: @iactwright
Dana is a screenwriter from Mays Landing, NJ. They hold a degree in American Studies from Rutgers University and attended Hollins University’s Screenwriting program. They are the D in RnD Young-Howze theatre critics at The Young-Howze Theatre Journal. Along with partner Ricky Young-Howze and together have reviewed over 300 digital theatre productions since the pandemic started. rndyounghowze.tumblr.comGo to link
Emily is a playwright and dramaturg from the DMV. Current Company Management Fellow at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Former Kennedy Center TYA Intern, Shakespeare Theatre Company Literary Apprentice, Playwrights Foundation BAPF Artistic Intern. John Cauble National Finalist, THE VIVIAN PLAY; Gary Garrison Regional Finalist, YOU ARE A PIRATE. UMD: HOOKMAN (Jess, Dramaturg), FEARLESS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL 2020 (Assistant Dramaturg).