creative team | the players


Brad Howell Houghton (Music, lyrics, book)

A current member of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, Brad has written over a hundred songs for a variety of theatre projects. Songs from his musical Believe have been recorded by Tony Award winner Sara Ramirez (Spamalot) as well as performed by former Miss America Kate Shindle (Bway: Cabaret) and Broadway leading man Max von Essen (Dance of the Vampires, Les Miz). Maxís performance was recorded and released on Jay Records as part of NEO Ė Celebrating Emerging Writers in Musical Theatre, a benefit for York Theatre in NYC, directed and produced by Jamie McGonnigal. Other benefits and concerts that have featured Bradís work include The Genie Awards Gala Honoring Rob Marshall, The BMI Smoker Showcase, and the New Mondays series at The Duplex. Besides Believe, Brad has also composed music for the 10-minute musical On the Way to the Cleaners with book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham (Off-Bway: I Love You Because...). He also contributed an opening number and several other songs to the Off-Off-Broadway revue Journeys (Firsthand Theatre Project) and provided incidental music for the play Through a Naked Lens (Wings Theatre, NYC). Brad is currently collaborating with BMI Workshop lyricist Jessie Nelson on the musical Robyn and with BMI alumni Seth Christenfeld on an untitled project. Other projects include the musicals Twilight and Affections. Brad is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

George Barthel (Book)

As a playwright, George has had a number of plays produced in New York. His historical drama The Naked Enemy was produced Off-Broadway at the Grove Street Playhouse, and itís sequel, Channel Crossings was produced Off-Off Broadway by Wings Theatre. Other plays produced in New York include Richard and Phillip, Uncovering Eden and Through a Naked Lens. He recently completed a play called Murder in Hollywood, which deals with the murder of director William Desmond Taylor. Believe is Georgeís first musical.

Don Bill (Director)

A Director, Choreographer and Actor, his work has been seen in New York as well as regionally. New York credits include Evening Interview, One for the Books, Heroes and Julianís with Around the Block Theatre Company, Ghost Writer at the American Theatre of Actors, Grave Concerns, Upstairs at Red, Frozen River and Believe for The Genesius Theatre Guild, Hell Inside for the Brick Hell Festival, Unwanted at the Vital Theatre Company and numerous shows at Polaris North. He has done Choreography for Romeo & Juliet, Comedy of Errors and Merry Wives of Windsor at the Princeton Rep Shakespeare Festival, The Pirates of Penzance, Two Gentleman of Verona and Winters Tale at Theatre 1010, work at Signature Theatre, The New York Musical Theatre Festival, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, assisting Bill Irwin on Texts for Nothing at the Classic Stage Company and numerous productions at the Denver Center, including directing the award winning regional premier of Side Show. Don was the Director of The Genesius Theatre Guildís, NY - Directors Program and Raw Reading Series from 2003-2005 as well as the Artistic Director for PHAMALy in Denver, Colorado from1992-1999 He also directs, coordinates and stages industrial shows for The Public Relations Society of America.

Eric Martin (Musical Director)

As a pianist, Eric has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and Africa. Upon invitation of the Centro Cultural de Costarricense Norteamericano, he represented the U.S. as a cultural ambassador throughout Costa Rica, performing concerts and conducting master classes. Eric has performed as a soloist with several orchestras in the U.S. and Italy. In New York, he has performed at Lincoln Center, The Roosevelt House, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including the Nena Plant Wideman International Piano Competition, the National Teachers Association Piano Competition, and the Dalies Franz Memorial Scholarship. He is also in demand as a collaborative artist and performs with singers from the Metropolitan Opera and the Broadway circuit. He has directed several musical productions in New York, New Orleans and Austin. In New York, he was the musical director for the award winning company, The Paper Bag Players for several seasons. Recently he completed a tour throughout Italy, Greece, and Croatia performing and lecturing aboard the Sea Cloud II as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Artís Academic Arrangements Abroad tours. He has earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.