MANIK CHOKSI is an actor, musician and animator based in NYC. Acting credits include: Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (from Ars Nova all the way to Broadway), Moby Dick (A.R.T.), Indian Ink (Roundabout), Bunty Berman Presents (New Group – Lortel Nomination), God Bless You Mr. Rosewater (Encores!), King Tot and D, Deb, Debbie, Deborah (Clubbed Thumb), Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane). Film/TV: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, New Amsterdam, Good Fight, Mindhunter, Elementary, Happyish, One Life To Live (Vimal Patel), Home, Passing Season. As a composer: Those Lost Boys (developed at Ars Nova), Food Odyssey (3LD). Education: The Juilliard School, Drama Division.
ZI ALIKHAN is a queer, first-generation South Asian-American, culturally Muslim theater director and leader. UPCOMING: Snow in Midsummer (Classic Stage Company) and The Great Leap (Portland Center Stage/Artists Repertory Theatre). DIRECTOR: Manik Choksi’s The Ramayan (Ars Nova/Makers Lab), Ragtime (Playmakers Repertory Company), The Flick and Red Speedo (Juilliard) and in development at LCT3, Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage and Film and The Playwrights Realm. RESIDENT DIRECTOR: Hamilton (National Tour). ASSOCIATE/ASSISTANT: The Band’s Visit (First National Tour), Six Degrees of Separation (Broadway), The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown and Broadway) and Ripcord (Manhattan Theatre Club). ALUM: Drama League Directors Project, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. GRADUATE: NYU/Tisch. Zi is currently the Director of DNA: Oxygen at Artists Repertory Theatre, a new initiative dedicated to the development and production of work generated by, led by and featuring artists of color, and was named one of TCG’s Rising Leaders of Color for 2021.
RONA SIDDIQUI is a composer/lyricist based in NYC. She is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant and Billie Burke Ziegfeld award and was named one of Broadway Women’s Fund’s Women to Watch. Her show Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, an autobiographical comedy about growing up bi-ethnic in America, had a reading at Playwrights Horizons. Other musicals include One Good Day, Hip Hop Cinderella, and The Tin. She is the recipient of the ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, the ASCAP Foundation Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and ASCAP Foundation/Max Dreyfus Scholarship. She has written pieces for Wicked’s 16th anniversary commemoration Flying Free, Arena Stage, 24 Hour Musicals, Prospect Theater Company and The Civilians and has performed concerts of her work at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Feinstein’s/54 Below. She is currently part of Musical Theatre Factory’s Makers Residency and Ars Nova’s Vision Residency. Rona music directed the Off-Broadway Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop for which she received an Obie along with the cast and creative team (Playwrights Horizons). She has orchestrated for Broadway Records, Broadway Backwards, NAMT and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.
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