Elliot Lanes has been working in theatre for over 20 years as a PSM, Sound Designer, Board Op....you get the idea. He has had the pleasure of working with some of DC's finest artists at venues such as Theater J, Studio Theatre, and Round House Theatre. Other DC area credits include many productions at Capital Fringe, and "Two Trains Running" and "Circle Mirror Transformation" at Prince Georges Community College. He also has been the lighting designer for the past five years for Momentum Dance Company's "Jazz Hip Hop Nutcracker." Prior to moving to DC, he was the Resident PSM for Negro Ensemble Company and White Horse Theatre Company in NYC for five years each. He also had the pleasure of working with Liza Minnelli, Betty Buckley and Marilyn Maye at the Backstage Bistro Awards as PSM for that event. Elliot previously covered the DC Metro Area theatre scene for Maryland Theatre Guide, and wrote the successful "A Quick 5" column.
Elliot is happily married to BWW's DC page coordinator Jennifer Perry who keeps him in a good place every day and has been doing so for the past six years now.
Today's subject, Julie Dixon, is currently living her theatre life onstage at the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts where she will be opening in the pop rock musical Chess. The production plays this weekend through May 6th.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp April 24, 2017
Today's subjects, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp, are most commonly associated with one particular Broadway show Rent. This Friday night, April 28th, you can see them join forces once again at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, and it promises to be a really good time. It may also introduce you other aspects of their theatre lives since that groundbreaking 1990s musical.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Tina Ghandchilar April 21, 2017
Today's subject Tina Ghandchilar is currently living her theatre life in the most stoked way possible. She is currently preparing to star as Florence in Chess at The Theatre Lab School for the Dramatic Arts, which, in my opinion, is the best arts in education institution in DC. The production runs from April 27th through May 6th.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Lorene Chesley April 19, 2017
Today's subject Lorene Chesley is currently living her theatre life as Valerie Johnston in Arena Stage's production of Smart People in the. The show marks Lorene's Arena Stage debut. It runs through May 21st in Arena Stage's Kreeger Theater space.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Joy Zinoman and Logan Vaughn April 17, 2017
Today's subjects, Joy Zinoman and Logan Vaughn, are currently living their theatre lives over on H Street at Mosaic Theater Company. They are the directors for the company's current South Africa: Then & Now repertory, which is comprised of the Athol Fugard's classic Blood Knot and the newer A Human Being Died That Night by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and adapted for the stage by Nicholas Wright. The rep represents the old and the new. It's appropriate that Mosaic's genius Artistic Director Ari Roth has enlisted a veteran director of over 50 years and a hot up-and-coming director to bring the plays to vivid life onstage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Kim Scharnberg and Christopher Youstra April 14, 2017
Today's subjects, Kim Scharnberg and Christopher Youstra, are currently living their theatre lives as the orchestrator and musical director, respectively, for the Ford's Theatre production of Ragtime. The show continues through May 20th.BWW Review: ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP at Adventure Theatre April 11, 2017
Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) companies have it more difficult than companies that present theatre for adults in some respects. If they set out to present a story that's already been adapted by a certain big entertainment company you know, the one that all started with a mouse audiences are likely to come into the theatre with that version in mind. They may also expect a big budget spectacular that few if any TYA companies are positioned to deliver.BWW Review: CHICAGO at Kennedy Center April 10, 2017
John Kander and Fred Ebb's murderess musical Chicago is back in town at the Kennedy Center's Opera House. The score is still as good as it ever was, but overall this current tour is missing some of the spark it needs to be totally satisfying.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with George Caldwell April 5, 2017
Today's subject George Caldwell is currently living his theatre life as one of the composers and the onstage pianist for the creative dance troupe Urban Bush Women. The company performs Walking with'Trane this Friday and Saturday in the Eisenhower Theater at Kennedy Center.BWW Review: THE LITTLE MERMAID at Kennedy Center April 1, 2017
Most of us know the story of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid from the Disney animated feature and subsequent stage musical adaptation. What people forget is how dark the original story is and how a Caribbean crab and an absent-minded bird are not elements of the original story.BWW Review: BATTLEFIELD at Kennedy Center March 31, 2017
Sometimes a theatrical presentation doesn't need much to make its statement. In the case of world-renowned Director Peter Brook's Battlefield, all you need to make an impact is a strong acting company and some bamboo pieces placed strategically on the stage of the Kennedy Center's Family Theater as part of the center's Spotlight on Directors series.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Roz Ryan March 29, 2017
Today's subject has been living her theatre life onstage and on screen for 40 years now. You might know Roz Ryan from the hit television show Amen, but for the past eighteen years she has been playing the keeper of the keys Matron Mama Morton in the hit musical Chicago either on Broadway or on tour. She is the longest running actress ever to play the role since joining the show in 1999. You can see Roz in action here in DC when Chicago heats up the Kennedy Center from April 4th to the 16th.BWW Review: SOPHISTICATED LADIES: 100 YEARS OF ELLA & COMPANY March 28, 2017
The National Symphony Orchestra's (NSO) Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke has always put together musical programs that are fun and classy. This Sophisticated Ladies: 100 Years of Ella and Company, which played this Kennedy Center's Concert Hall this past weekend, was no exception.BWW Review: ANTIGONON, UN CONTINGENTE EPICO at Kennedy Center March 22, 2017
With the United States reopening its relations with Cuba, it only seems natural that the Kennedy Center would host a top Cuban theatre company, and its ambitious director, as part of its ongoing internationally-oriented Spotlight on Directors series.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Colin Hovde March 21, 2017
Today's subject Colin Hovde is living his theatre life in two very different ways. He is currently in his fifth season as the Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance which performs at the Anacostia Playhouse. Their current production Mnemonic runs through April 9th. The show is directed by Hovde.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Robert Carter March 16, 2017
Today's subject Robert Carter has, for the past 21 years, been living his theatre life as a member of the world famous all-male comic ballet troupe known as Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. That makes him the longest running member of this internationally knowntroupe.BWW Review: GRUG AND THE RAINBOW at Kennedy Center March 16, 2017
Kids are bombarded with big flashy images in pretty much every form of entertainment nowadays. Those of us that grew up with theatre for young audiences (TYA) companies such as New Jersey's Pushcart Players remember how storytelling used to drive the production as opposed to spectacle driving the story. For those of you that want to introduce your children to a kinder and gentler piece of theatre, get over to the Kennedy Center this weekend for Grug and the Rainbow as presented by Windmill Theatre Co from Adelaide, Australia.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Corey Mach March 7, 2017
Today's subject Corey Mach is currently living his theatre life as part of a play that deals with a true legend of pop music. I'm referring to that off-pitch sensation Mrs. Miller. Corey Mach portrays her accompanist Simon Bock in Mrs.Miller Does her Thing, which is now playing at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia through March 26th.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Josh Schmidt March 2, 2017
Today's subject (click on the name for lots of great music)Josh Schmidtis currently living his theatre life at Signature Theatre as the composer/co-lyricist and orchestrator of the world premiere musical Midwestern Gothic. The production runs from March 14 to April 30.BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Michael Mayes February 27, 2017
Today's subject Michael Mayes is living his theatre life playing a murderer on death row in the Washington National Opera production of Dead Man Walking. Michael has performed the role of Joseph De Rocher in multiple productions including one at Central City Opera in Denver, Colorado and now local arts aficionados can see him play it at the Kennedy Center's Opera House through March 11th.