CREATIVE TEAM

 

DIMO HYUN JUN KIM (Director/Playwright/Executive Producer) is a theatre director from Seoul, South Korea. He is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Chairman of Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory LLC. He was Opening & Closing Ceremony Advisory Committee at Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Dimo made his Off-Broadway debut in 2015 with Comfort Women: A New Musical (Nominated for best Off-Broadway Musical by Broadwayworld). This marks the first all-Asian off-Broadway cast to be led by an East Asian national. He came to New York with ambitious aim to make his own Broadway musicals. Off Broadway: Interview: A New Musical, Green Card: A New Musical, Innermind, Comfort Women: A New Musical. Other selected credits include In The Heights, Richard III, See What I Wanna See, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, West Side Story, Advice To The Players, The Cherry Orchard, Godspell, The Upper Lip, Finding My Way Back Home, Promenade, Life Is A Dream, West Side Ballad, Our Town, Art, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Spring Is Arising and Jesus Christ Superstar. Education: Columbia University (MFA 2021), City College of New York (BA).

 

BRYAN MICHAELS (Composer/Lyricist) Bryan Michaels’ recent Off-Broadway credits include composer and lyricist for Green Card: The Musical in 2016 and lyricist and book translator for Interview: A New Musical in 2017. He was composer and lyricist for the original 2015 production of Comfort Women, updated songs for the 2018 revival, and is currently writing music and lyrics for Dimo Kim Musical Theater Factory's upcoming Flushing: A New Musical. Michaels' work has been performed and adapted for theaters in NYC, Hancock, NY, and Boston, MA, with new lyrics recently commissioned for a corporate ad campaign premiering in Seoul, South Korea. When not writing, he enjoys spending time in the orchestral pit and has conducted/music directed A Year With Frog and Toad, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, Shrek, Promenade, Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Hello Dolly!, Will Rogers' Follies, Hair, The IT Girl, Redhead, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Grease, The Wiz, Honk!, Snow White, A Connecticut Yankee, Children's Letters to God, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, among others.

 

TAEHO PARK (Composer) is a composer and music director in South Korea. He received a BFA in Performing Arts Technology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and he made his Off-Broadway debut with Comfort Women: A New Musical. He has also written music for Green Card: A New Musical and scored several independent films. In addition to his work as a composer, TaeHo is the Chief Strategy Officer at Goodhertz, Inc., a creative audio software company specializing in music plugins and audio processing algorithms.

 

JOANN MALORY MIESES (Playwright) is a working director/playwright in film and theatre with a B.A. from The City College of New York in Theatre and English Literature. Born and raised in New York City, she has now relocated to San Antonio, Texas. Joann has co-written Comfort Women: A New Musical which premiered at Theatre at St. Clements in 2015 with the Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory, and wrote two one-act plays entitled Muñeca, and The Walk to Your Bedroom. She has also been an Associate Director with the Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory for the premiere of Green Card: A New Musical in 2016. Joann has worked on short films as both a First Assistant Director and Assistant Director with Last Slice Pictures and Navigo Productions in the last few years. Joann is beyond excited for the reboot of Comfort Women: A New Musical at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in Playwrights Horizon.

 

OSKER DAVID AGURRE (Playwright) is an actor/ writer from New York City who is currently based in LA. Since moving to Los Angeles he has had the privilege of working on many commercials and music videos. His most recent work is a music video called BANSHEE by Lauren Bombay. Previous stage credits include Green Card: A New Musical where he made his Off-Broadway debut. He dedicates this run of COMFORT WOMEN to all women around the world and hopes to raise awareness in this movement.  

 

MARK CIRNIGLIARO (Associate Director) Directing Credits: Dipti Mehta's Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan "5 Stars" - Time Out NY, Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria (Intar), Hounds of War by BIll Holland - "Must See" - Broadwayworld.com. Mile Square Theatre credits: Cyrano, Goodnight Moon, It's a Wonderful Life, The Net Will Appear (Starring Richard Masur) & Driving Miss Daisy. Upcoming: Vanya, Sonya Masha Spike at Mile Square theatre and The Net Will Appear remount at 59E59 Street. Mark is the Associate Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre and a company member of InViolet Rep. Rutgers MGSA MFA in Directing. Dean John I. Bettenbender Award for Artistic Excellence.  Markdirects.com, Honourcmc.com, Milesquaretheatre.org, inviolettheater.com, for more information, photos, and upcoming performances.

 

NATANAL HYUN KIM (Choreographer) is an artistic director, choreographer and performer from South Korea, based in New York City. He is the artistic director and choreographer of Art Group Obang and specializes in contemporary Korean traditional dance in contact with improvisation and acting. He has participated as a choreographer and performer in various dance, film and musical productions in Asia and Europe, such as Korean musical, Arirang as the choreographer; the original Notre Dame de Paris as the first Korean main dancer; musical The Lost Garden’s world tour as a choreographer; American tour of The Measure of a Man as a choreographer at the Queens Theatre in the Park, NY; “unLIMITed, “INnerMIND, and A Buddhist Dance in New York City. Natanal Hyun Kim is currently working on different projects on performing arts & musicals in New York City. Currently, he is also part of the Nordic cultural program, whose objective is to connect artists from South Korea and Norway.

 

TEKGOO KANG (Musical direction arrangement/orchestration) is an NYC based composer and music director, orchestrator, pianist primarily working for Musical theatre, dance, film and classical music. His selected recent music direction and orchestration credits include: Into the Woods (Associate music director, NCT Theatre), Interview, Green Card, Comfort Women (Music director, additional orchestration, Theatre at St. Clement’s). He has a profound passion for collaborating with various artists in performances. He appeared in shows in numerous venues such as 54 Below, Public theatre's Joe's Pub, Players Club, The Triad, Broadway Comedy Center, and Two River Theatre. His elected music composition credits includes: Sinabroe (Upcoming, Off B'way, 2019), East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Collaboration with AOP. Fort Greene Park), A Lotte Story (Commercial advertisement film. Collaboration with Lotte), The Observation (Collaboration with BMI), A New Dawn (New York University Tisch School of Arts), Some Assembly Required (New York University Tisch School of Arts), Innermind (Co-composition, Davenport theatre). Graduated from New York University Tisch School of Arts. Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program with M.F.A, Korean National University of Arts Music Composition B.A, with a Full scholarship. Proud member of BMI Inc. Love to family and friends and Ash.

 

DAYOUNG JEONG (Dramaturge) was studying English literature in Seoul when everybody was asking her if she studies Shakespeare. The course she took only to say yes to the question led her to the world of theater and theater of the world. She writes, dramaturgs, and translates. Her translation of Sister Mok-rahn by Eunsung Kim was presented at the 2017 PEN World Voices International Play Festival and her upcoming projects include a musical adaptation of Faust in Seoul and the world premiere of Mata Hari (Korean National Ballet). Dayoung holds a BA in English literature from Yonsei University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.

 

STELLA HYUN JOO OH (Scenic Design)  is a set designer who has an MFA focus in Scenic Design at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also studied at Rhode Island School of Design, with a BFA in Interior Architecture. Comfort Women is her first Off-Broadway show and she is very thrilled to witness the breadth of contemplation on this piece. Furthermore she has been pushing her boundaries in various types of performances and her works are Tartuffe (NYU), Topsy (ASIA DUO DANCE COMPANY, New York), Fisherman (BAEKSUGWANGBU STUDIO, Seoul), and more. She continuously seeks to raise her focus in set design for Dance, Opera, Theater, and Musical.

 

LUCIUS SEO (Costume Design) is a freelance theatre-maker and City College graduate. His theatrical work focuses on community building projects and development of immigrant identity. His recent includes co-writing of Immigration Stories at the Producers Club and directorial work of Fires in the Mirror at City College of New York. As a Korean American artist who grew up in Queens, he is excited to share the story of Comfort Women to the audience as a costume designer.

 

BYUNG CHUL LEE (Lighting Design) is a New York-based lighting designer, originally from South Korea. He has designed lightings for Interview: New Musical (Theater at St. Clement’s); Macbeth (Korea); The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Lower Depths, The Play “X” (Korea);  A Midsummer Night Nightmare (Korea); Jesus Christ Superstar (Korea); Jump (Peacock Theater, London); Middletown, Fen (Walt Whitman Theater); When We Wake Up Dead (New Workshop); and more.

 

TAE JONG PARK (Sound Design) is a present sound designer in Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, a director of technical services in Dimo Kim Musical Factory and he is AV designer/consultant in Sound Park NY. He is also a professional member of theatrical sound designers and composers association. Recent NYC: Musical Interview (St. Clements),  Musical GreenCard (St. Clements), The New Play Festival, 2016 (Gallary Players), The Silver Cord (St. Clements), Megile Itzik of Manger (Baruch Performing Art Center), 8cho Aerial Tango (New Victory Theater), Ordinary Days (Access Theater) Recent Regional: Ragtime, Shrek, Big Fish, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Phantom of the Opera, Grand Night for Singing The Little Mermaid, Westside Story, Les Miserable, Who’s Tommy, Godspell, The wizard of Oz (Lincoln Park Art Center, PA) It shoulda been you with Acme Sound Partners (George St. Playhouse, NJ), Hershey Felder “George Gershwin Alone” (Paramount Theater, Boston) South Pacific, Hank Williams “Lost Highway”, Who’s Tommy, Dames at Sea, Les Miserable, Nunsense II, The Fantasticks, Happy Days (West Virginia Public Theater, WV) Recent International Tour: Sunfish (DIMF – Top Jury Honor), Saintly Cardinal (LA, NJ and Washington D.C)

 

RENATA ŠKOBO (Associate Choreographer) is a choreographer and performer, born in Serbia, raised in Poland, currently resides in NYC. Specializing in contemporary movement, improvisation and theatre act. Serbian nationality has an influence on her choreographic work. She gets an inspiration from Balkan culture, music, and tradition. Since 2006 she works as a dancer and choreographer in the contemporary dance company “Art Color Ballet” based in Krakow, Poland. Since 2010 she creates her author’s choreographic projects, using various means of expression as the movement, theatre, live music, vocal. Her two main shows “Bi-side” and “UniCode” were performed in Serbia, Poland and France. She performs actively in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and participates in the dance and bodypainting festivals in the U.S., South Korea, France, Austria and Serbia. Since 2013 she co-creates multicultural duo “RH+” with choreographer and art director Hyun Kim. The “unLIMITed” performance is the first result of this international collaboration. It was performed in Poland and U.S. She is currently developing her skills as a teacher and is actively working as a performer and choreographer for Trina Merry Studios in New York City.

 

KELVIN PATER (Associate Scenic Designer) is a New York City-based set & film designer with a firm belief in the creative collaborative process. Born and raised in Amsterdam, he graduated from the Theater Technical Arts program at the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 2015, starting a career as light designer/installation artist. Realizing how light sculptures the world around us, he shifted his focus to creating spaces that allow light to react. This lead to the completion of his MFA in Design for Stage & Film at NYU - Tisch School of the Arts in 2018. Next to his ongoing commitments as the Prop Artisan for the Second Avenue Theater Company in NYC, his recent theater credits include: Broken April (Columbia Stages), Sunset Park (Theaterlab NYC) & Beauty of the Father (NYU)

 

JIYOUNG CHUNG (Associate Lighting Designer) is delighted to be working with DIMO KIM MUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY and Byungchul Lee again after having done lighting for INTERVIEW: A New Musical at St. Clement’s Theater. Recent designs include, 'Dynasty' Diamond Gala at Lincoln Center with Alrosa, Runway Prestige Fashion Show 2017 at 583 Park Avenue, JOE at Mark Morris Dance Center, Yonkers Idol 2017, 2018 with City of Yonkers, BRONX ADVISORY BOARD ANNUAL DINNER AND AWARD CEREMONY 2017 with Sound Associates, Inc. In the Heights, Gypsy, Zombie Prom, Bye Bye Birdie at White Plains Performing Arts Center, House of the Spirits, Water Girl at Purchase PAC Theater and Flux, EX dance, What Came Before and Shift at Purchase Dance Theater. Sound design credits include Stage Door and Green Bird at Purchase Repertory Theater.

 

JANE EUNSUN LEE (Associate Music Director / 2nd Keyboard) is a composer for film, multimedia, and musical theatre. She earned her Master’s degree in Film Scoring at NYU and her Bachelor’s in Music Composition at UCLA. She has written music for and music-directed new musicals Enchanted by a Spell and In Life and Death which was produced at Midtown International Theatre Festival and Dream Up Festival. The films she’s scored have been premiered at various film festivals including Jeonju International Film Festival and Chungmuro Musical Film Festival. Currently as a composer at Advanced BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theatre Workshop, she’s working on the new musical Frankie Stein.

 

GAHYAE RYU (Associate Sound Designer) is a creative and passionate sound designer in theatre, film and music. Her previous selected production work includes: Appropriate (CalArts, Valencia), Until, Until, Until… (YBCA, San Francisco), Kiss (CalArts, Valencia), Peer/Gynt (CalArts, Valencia), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (S.Korea), Come and See Me (S.Korea), Liar Time (S.Korea), Three Sisters (Brooklyn, NY), We Fight We Die (New Haven, CT). Gahyae holds her BM in Music Production and Technology from the Hartt School of Music and technical internship certificate in sound from Yale School of Drama. She is currently earning her MFA in Sound Design at California Institute of the Arts. She is delighted to be a team for Comfort Women: A New Musical.

 

JISU JANG (Mixing Engineer) graduated at the Columbia College in Chicago with a B.S. in Acoustics. His role is optimizing the best acoustic sound experiences in provided surroundings since most stages require strong acoustic sound. His experiences in this field also allowed him to work in AES (Audio Engineering Society), ASA College in New York, and INCE (Institute of Noise Control Engineering). Since many of the projects in Sound Park NY require acoustic surroundings, he plays a crucial role in a small part of a stage, of the many stages. He was working as an assistant sound designer for Big Fish and Hunchback of Notre Dame in Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, PA.

 

MICHELLE STRAUSS (Production Manager) is elated to be part of her first Off-Broadway show, Comfort Women: A New Musical. She is receiving her M.A. at NYU Steinhardt in Performing Arts Administration under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Maloney. Michelle thanks her family and friends for their endless love and support. 

 

JEANNE LEHMAN (Vocal Coach) For over 45 years, Ms. Lehman has enjoyed a varied and exciting career embracing theatre, television, concerts, cabaret, and recordings, and has carried her from Broadway to International stages as an actress and a vocal consultant. Selected credits include: Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts), The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess), Irene.  Off-Broadway: Putting It Together (standby for Julie Andrews), Steel Magnolias (Truvy). PBS performances/recordings: SONDHEIM: A CELEBRATION AT CARNEGIE HALL; SONDHEIM: A CELEBRATION AT CARNEGIE HALL; BROADWAY SHOWSTOPPERS; A JEROME KERN TREASURY. Numerous National/Regional credits include starring roles in She Loves Me, My Fair Lady, The King And I, The Music Man, Camelot, I Do, I Do!; and dozens more. A popular guest soloist Ms. Lehman had headlined at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, The Hollywood Bowl and has graced the concert stages in the US, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Korea (appearing in the first nationally televised theatre concert in South Korea). Ms. Lehman is a voice teacher and vocal consultant: NYU’s Playwright Horizons Theatre School, School for Young Performers, Professional theatre companies in Korea (Hyundai Theatre, Lotte World) and Japan (Shiki Theatre).

 

JONATHAN ZELEZNIAK (Technical Director) is excited to join Dimo Kim’s Musical Theatre Factory, and be a part of Comfort Women: A New Musical.  From Midland, Pennsylvania, Jonathan has been working professionally in theaters for almost ten years, from Florida to Ohio, Missouri to New York and back to Pennsylvania.  He currently serves as the Master Electrician and a lighting designer at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, PA as well as the Technical Director, Lighting Designer and Master Electrician for the Labute New Theater Festival with St. Louis Actors’ Studio. Some of his favorites shows that he has designed for include The Great Gatsby at LPPAC and the Labute New Theater Festival at 59E59 in NYC.  Jonathan would like to thank his family for their love and support.

 

LESLIE SEUNG HYEON LEE (Graphic Designer) is a New York-based graphic designer and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has worked with Dimo Kim Musical Company to design graphics for Comfort Women: A New Musical (2015), Green Card: A New Musical (2016) and Interview: A New Musical (2017). Leslie is excited about Comfort Women’s return to off-broadway. www.leslieshlee.com

 

SUE KWON (Graphic Designer) is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate currently working as a digital designer in NY.  She designed visuals for Comfort Women: A New Musical (2015), Green Card: A New Musical (2016) and Interview: A New Musical (2017). She also just launched her personal art brand: @dog.eat.dog.world.

 

HONGDON LEE (Director of Photography)  is a Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, and Graphics Supervisor. He has worked on four short films and is now currently working on a feature script. One of his short films called ‘Daydreaming' has been officially selected in multiple film festivals, as well as selected as a Semi-Finalist for the Los Angeles CineFest. Lee is consistently working on a wide scale of film projects ranging from small to large within New York City. As an undergraduate, he learned critical skills in editing, videography, and constructing story-lines. After graduating he began his career in making music videos, experimental films, and by assisting a well-known Korean movie Director, Byunghun Min. His experiences became a positive stepping stone for him as he began his first professional job at an advertising company. From 2013-2014, he worked at a Media Advertisement company in Korea called Cartel Creative, creating Videos, Commercials, designing Web sites, producing and editing Poster Ads for the widely known event Red Bull BC One. In 2015 at the age of twenty-eight he decided to set off to Hong Kong, widely known as the third biggest motion picture industry in the world, to further pursue his studies at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) majoring in Filmmaking. Then in 2016 he took a greater leap and began his graduate program in New York and graduated from New York Film Academy, Los Angeles - Hollywood Campus, with a degree in Masters of Fine Arts in Filmmaking.

 

MYEONGJIN PARK (Associate Photographer) majored in creative writing in South Korea.  After she graduated college, she taught college prep courses at a Private School Academy. She later moved to New York in 2015 and studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. Since then, She has been active in the film industry as a director, cinematographer and Script Supervisor. She is known for her first film, ‘Yuna's Lunch’, that was selected in more than 28 film festivals around the world and won in 12 film festivals as Best Director and Best Director etc.

 

DAN DEMELLO (Press Representative) has coordinated successful press campaigns in the United States, Canada, London, Germany, India and Ireland. He’s publicized hundreds of Off-Broadway productions and dozens of major events. Current clients include: On the Quays, Dramatic Publishing, Harlem Repertory Theatre, New York Deaf Theatre, NYC's most horrifying haunted house, Nightmare, The Theater Center in Times Square and NYC's longest running play, Perfect Crime. He is the co-creator and producer of the widely successful NYC Easter event Full Bunny Contact and in addition to his theatrical clients, he represents SCRUFF, the preeminent global gay social networking, dating and travel app with more than 13 million members worldwide.

 

HYUN JAE (AMY) HONG (Marketing Director) is honored to be part of the production team for Comfort Women: A New Musical as a marketing director with her avid interest and love for the entertainment industry along with publicizing the wrongdoings of the pasts and present to make the world into a better place. She graduated from NYU School of Professional Studies, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with a concentration in Events Management and minor in Food Studies.

 

ALEXIS NALBANDIAN (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to be a part of Comfort Women: A New Musical. Recent credits include The Cher Show, The Outposters, Machinal. She is receiving her MFA at Columbia University in stage management under the mentorship of Michael J Passaro. She received her BA in theatre studies, a minor in Business Administration, and a minor in Economics from Seton Hall University.

 

DENNIS HO (Stage Manager) is proud to work on his first Off-Broadway show, Comfort Women: A New Musical. His most recent projects were How I Married Myself and Other Misadventures directed by Anna Rebek, Richard the Third directed by Nana Dakin, Machinal directed by Isabelle Kettle, The Seagull directed by Andrei Serban, and A Staged Reading of: A Concise History of Future China directed by Eugene Ma. More theatre credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson with The Chance Theatre, Cloud 9 directed by April Shawhan, and The Temptations of St. Antony with The Four Larks Company. University of California, Los Angeles BA grad. Columbia University Candidate 2020, MFA Stage Management.

 

MARIKO TAKIZAWA (Assistant Stage Manager) has started her career as a stage manager since 2014 during her college years. She has been a resident stage manager at Japan Performing Arts, Inc. since 2015. Her stage management credits include; Rakugo(Soho Playhouse), Ages of Enchantment:JPA cultural Repertoires 2017(Symphony Space), The Arsonists (Tribeca Performing Arts Center), RASHOMON (Japan Performing Arts, Inc.), SONG (HERE Arts Center), Science Fair: an Opera with Experiments (HERE Arts Center), The Fairy Tale Project (Tribeca Performing Arts Center). She is also a translator into Japanese and English, specializing in the entertainment industry. Education: AS degree in Theatre, BMCC.

 

SHANNON ELLIOTT (Viola) is an active freelance violist in the greater New York City area. While she primarily focuses on Classical Music, Ms. Elliott's professional career has a diverse list of accomplishments both in and out of the Classical Music genre. She has held the position of Associate Principal Viola of the Garden State Philharmonic, and frequently joins other up-and-coming ensembles such as the Bergen Symphony Orchestra and the International Chamber Orchestra of America. During these engagements, Ms. Elliott has performed in some of the elite concert halls in New York City, including Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium, the historic Strand Theater, and Bohemian National Hall. Outside of orchestral ensembles, Ms. Elliott is a founding member of the Arlo Quartet, a group which is aimed at Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions, where the ensemble arranges all of their own music from traditional tunes to new pop songs on request. Her professional crossover continues into New Music readings by local composers. Ms. Elliott has worked in some of New York City's premiere recording studios to record string tracks for local art collectives as well as for famed popular music groups such as U2 and OneRepublic. Her upcoming appearances delve into the world of Musical Theater as she performs in the revival of Comfort Women, to be performed at Playwright Horizons in July and August of 2018.

Ms. Elliott received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Manhattan School of Music.Currently  she is pursuing her Master of Music at New York University Steinhardt School under the tutelage of Karen Ritscher. In addition to being a student at New York University, Ms. Elliott is also an Adjunct Faculty member at the institution. She teaches elective violin and viola lessons to students with majors outside of music. Ms. Elliott places strong value in music education and has taught at various music schools in Brooklyn for the past three years, and her students successfully pass NYSSMA and ABRSM exams every year.

 

TUNG LI CHANG (Horn) is a horn player in New York, originally from Taipei, Taiwan. She graduated from the University of Taipei and is a recent graduate of New York University with a master’s degree in Music Performance.  Tung Li has performed with the University of Taipei Orchestra, NYU Symphony, NYU Brass Choir, and participates in the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony as well as the International Chamber Orchestra. Tung Li currently studies with the principal horn of The Metropolitan Opera, Joseph Anderer. When not playing horn, she enjoys playing the piano. She aspires to pursue a future playing the French horn on Broadway, or in a full-time orchestra.

 

MICHAEL BRINZER (Flute/Clarinet) is a multi-woodwind instrumentalist based in New York City. As a Long Island native, Michael began refining his musical talents at an early age. He currently owns and performs on an array of instruments, including flutes, clarinets, saxophones as well as ethnic instruments. He enjoys playing many genres of music, from classical to jazz to musical theater to contemporary. He has performed with many distinguished artists, including Dave Leibman, Jim McNeely, Jane Monheit, Betsy Struxness, Charles Neidich, Paul Cohen and many more. In addition to performing, Michael is also a published arranger, a composer, and a teacher. His arrangements and compositions have been premiered at prestigious conservatories and universities including the Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University, and Stanford University. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Saxophone Performance from Manhattan School of Music. 

 

SO JEONG (S.J.) CHOI (Managing Director) is an entertainment industry professional based in Toronto, Canada. She has worked for various arts organizations, festivals and entertainment companies across Canada, United States, and Korea. Some projects include PJ Masks (Disney Jr., production coordinator), Kim's Convenience (Soulpepper Theatre Company/CBC, community engagement), Green Card: A New Musical (Off-Broadway, production manager), and Interview: a New Musical (Off-Broadway, associate producer). Also working as a Korean-English translator, S. J. has translated TV scripts for God's Gift - 14 Days (remade into Somewhere Between on ABC) and the series bible of Black (OCN). S. J. is a recent graduate from University of Toronto Faculty of Law and currently works as a student-at-law at an acclaimed Canadian entertainment law firm Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP.

 

SO RY YUN (Company Manager) began her career as a Theatre Stage Manager while studying in New York. Her theatre credits include Off-Broadway Musical Green Card (Production Stage Manager), Comfort Women (Assistant Music Director), Interview (Assistant Director), and selected plays - Richard III, Almost, Maine, Romeo and Juliet, Riff Raff, Lysistrata, The fairy tale project, Our Town, and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.  She is also a filmmaker as an M.F.A student at New York Film Academy's filmmaking program, which all of her filmographies attempts to deeply investigate the way she pursues her ideal, which evokes dreamy atmosphere and heartwarming from her film. She always thanks to Jesus, family, and friends for their love and support. Psalm23. 

 

 

SARAH D. REYNOLDS (General Manager) is a New York-based producer, director, and manager. Off-Broadway: Comfort Women, Night Witches (Phase II); Regional: southwest tour of Záskok, or "The Stand In" (Roberts translation, American Premiere), Love is a Racquet (Regional Premiere), Genesis 22, The Tempest, Les Miserables, Seminar, Prelude to Thirty-Five. In addition to productions and new work development, Sarah has worked with off-Broadway production company Tilted Windmills Theatricals (PUFFS, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic, The Magnificent Revengers) and the literary department of Samuel French Inc. Education: New York University (MA), Austin College (BA).

 

SEJOON OH (Executive Producer) Se Joon Oh is a musical actor and producer in Korea, who has been cast for “Bill” in musical Mamma Mia in South Korea. As a producer, he has directed the musical scene in the Korea movie, Miracle in Cell No. 7, and also worked as a writer and the director of Coyote Ugly in Korea.  He is an active producer and was acclaimed for his showcases of musicals Anne Frank, Wait for You, and play LUV in South Korea. SeJoon majored in drama at Chung-Ang University’s Department of Drama, and completed his master’s degree in cultural content business at Hoseo University.

 

 

MATTHEW THOMAS BURDA (Producer) Matthew Thomas Burda is an Actor and Producer. Producing credits include Deployed: A New Musical (‘14) Comfort Women: A New Musical (’15), Green Card: A New Musical (’16), and Interview: A New Musical (‘17).   Acting credits include Claude in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, Bernie in Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Jack in Race, Moe in Awake and Sing! and the title role in Anatol.  He also produced and stars in the upcoming feature film The Restaurant by Hayride Films. Matthew is a City College of NY graduate, a founding Board Member for the Society of Artistic Veterans, and a creative producer for Tomahawk Pictures.

 

JANICE (YEONJU) LEE (Associate Producer) is excited to be a part of the production team for Comfort Women: A New Musical as an associate producer. She will soon be graduating from NYU Stern School of Business, with a B.S. in Business concentrating in Finance and Marketing. By working for various organizations such as KISO (Korean International Student Organization) and MOI’M, she has gained her insight into the event and show production as well as logistics. In between the show seasons, Janice is working as a general manager at Dimo Kim Musical Theatre Factory.

 

YIHYUI SHEN (Associate Producer) is proud to work with the Comfort Women: A New Musical, telling the Eastern stories to the Western friends. She was born in Shanghai, China and now is a graduate candidate in Performing Arts Administration at NYU. Recent credits include the mandarin version of R&H’s Cinderella, Man Of La Mancha, Avenue Q, and The Sound Of Music With Seven Ages in China. Enjoy the show!

 

KYU JIN JANG (Assistant Photographer) is a producer, cinematographer and photographer who graduated NYFA. He started his career with a short film, called <Tangled up in blue>. Currently, he is working in a diversity area such as filmmaking, commercial, and music video as a DP, videographer and photographer.

 

YOU-RHEE MIN (Assistant Producer) is thrilled to be joined at Comfort Women: A New Musical as an assistant producer. Originally from South Korea, she is a fascinating cellist over 15 years. She graduated Ewha Womans University majoring Music Orchestral Instruments and Business Administration. Currently, she is an M.A. student at NYU Performing Arts Administration program, and works in public relations at Korean Association of New York Artists.

 

CHAEYOUNG KANG (Marketing Intern) is a senior at NYU studying Musical Theatre and Entertainment Business. She has attended E-donation, an NPO organization from Columbia University, as a Project Development and Public Affair department executive since October 2016. Her work as a producer includes an educational program called Let's Talk about Broadway, which was launched in 2017. She has previously worked as a summer intern at Naver corporation and Seoul Arts Center in 2015 and 2014 respectively. Also as an actor, she has appeared in NYU productions of Celebration and Apollo: A New Musical as a part of the ensemble and an understudy of Keiko.

 

 

KIMBERLY STREMPEL (Production Assistant Intern) is thrilled to be a part of Comfort Women: A New Musical. Currently, she is completing her degree in Theatre Arts Administration and Corporate Communication at Baruch College. She has had a passion for theatre from a young age, and has previously held intern positions at Primary Stages and Davenport Theatrical Enterprises. Earlier this year, she stage managed a production of The Laramie Project at her college. Her favorite musicals include A Chorus Line, Once on This Island, and Newsies. Lots of love to the cast and crew! @strempieekayy

 

NATALIE RINE (Development Intern) is a creative producer between New York and Seoul musical theatre markets, with experience in producing special events and theatrical concerts at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre Virginia, and Lincoln Center. She is a recent graduate of American University, with a B.A. in Theatre Arts Management. Her research activities include “Immersive Theatre as Christian Liminality” (Robyn Rafferty Mathias Research Conference) and “A Study on the Strategic Advancement of Musical Theatre Performance Between Korea and the US” (Yonsei University). Natalie is also working as a general management intern at Broadway Asia International.

 

I.A. LAB (Producer)

I.A. LAb was established in 2017 as a company that develops futuristic media contents such as concerts, games, videos, VR, and etc based in Busan, South Korea. They have produced musical Gaya, Her Song and The Day After Parting, web-drama Making Film, and many other creative contents to enter into US and China’s markets. Se Jun Oh, a musical producer and professor at DongSeo University is the CEO, and SungSup Lee, the producer is in charge of business affairs.

 

HWARANG ENTERTAINMENT (Producer)

Hwarang Entertainment is the biggest performing arts group in Busan that handles producing of concerts and musicals. They have produced kids-friendly musicals Hobi-Show, Franky & Friends, and have been playing big roles in expanding the base of Busan Performing Arts/Entertainment Market by attracting and showcasing large-scale musicals in Busan. Ho-Jin Song, the producer, is the CEO of Hwarang Entertainment.

 

DIMO KIM MUSICAL THEATRE FACTORY (Production Company) is a theatre company based in New York City. Since our foundation in 2015, we have been committed to the development and production of entertaining and thought-provoking contemporary musicals that can engage the audiences from all over the world. The company strives to bring to stage emotionally engaging stories that deserve to be told in a musical form, through collaboration with multi-talented and multi-ethnic artists. The company’s Off-Broadway credits include Interview: A New Musical (2017), Green Card: A New Musical (2016), Comfort Woman: A New Musical (2015).

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