Ben Levi Ross joins the touring company of Dear Evan Hansen direct from the Broadway cast, where he made his Broadway debut.
Maggie McKenna made her professional theatre debut in 2017 as Muriel Heslop in the Sydney Theatre Company’s award-winning stage show, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, for which she won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Newcomer. Maggie began acting, singing and songwriting from a very young age, and at 11 she was the winner of the NAB/Mushroom Records National Songwriting competition. Maggie trained in many aspects of the arts throughout high school and was cast in the 2014 Victorian High School Spectacular as a lead performer & vocalist. After graduating high school, Maggie moved to Los Angeles to continue her training at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and graduated in 2016. Maggie’s television work includes the ABC TV drama series “The Doctor Blake Mysteries” in the featured guest role of ‘Roslyn Kerr,’ and in 2015 she wrote and performed music parodies for the FOXTEL comedy series, “Open Slather.” Most recently, Maggie performed a cover of “Xanadu” as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. Maggie McKenna is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
Jessica Phillips has established herself as one of Broadway's premiere leading ladies over the past several years. Broadway credits include: Leap of Faith opposite Raul Esparza, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Next to Normal, Jesus Christ Superstar (25th anniversary revival), and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her regional work includes Deathless, It’s Only Life, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the starring role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Michael Friedman’s Unknown Soldier in 2015. Jessica’s film and television credits include La Vida Inesperada, The Impostors, Absent Mind, “Elementary,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “The Ordained,” “Bronx Warrants,” and, most notably, 4 seasons as A.D.A. Pippa Cox on “Law & Order, SVU.” In 2015, Jessica appeared as a featured vocalist for ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary Celebration of New Music at The Kennedy Center honoring, among others, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. In addition to stage and screen, Jessica’s voice can be heard on multiple cast albums and on iTunes with her band 10th& Carlisle. Twitter/Instagram: @fullipsonbway
Broadway/Tours: Elf (MSG), Chaplin (Drama Desk Nom), Ragtime – Kennedy Center Revival (Tony & Drama Desk Nom, Helen Hayes award), Urinetown (Ovation Award), The Mambo Kings (pre-Broadway), It Ain’t Nothin But The Blues, Jekyll & Hyde (FANY award), Grease, Miss Saigon, City of Angels, South Pacific (Australia/Thailand). TV/Film: Madam Secretary (CBS), Law & Order SVU (NBC), The Sound of Music Live (NBC), The Good Fight (CBS), The King & I (Animated - Singing Anna). Favorites: Next to Normal (CCC award), Snow Child (Arena Stage), October Sky, Follies (STL Circle award), 1776 Encores!, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Closer than Ever (Off-Bway Alliance award), The King & I, The New Moon Encores!, Ace (Helen Hayes award nom), The Witches of Eastwick, Mack & Mabel (CCC Award), The Sound of Music (Salzburg Marionette Th.), Frankenstein, Little By Little, Little Shop of Horrors, The Baker’s Wife, Lizzie Borden, Into the Woods, The Student Prince, Carousel and Lincoln Center “American Songbook Series” – Frank Loesser. Guests soloist with over 100 symphony orchestras around the world. Opera with Placido Domingo and Hollywood Bowl/O2 Arena with Julie Andrews. Solo Recordings: Christiane Noll – A Broadway Love Story, Live At The Westbank. The Gershwin Album, My Personal Property, Gifts-Live at 54 Below.
Marrick Smith is an actor-musician from Staten Island, New York. Broadway: Fun Home (OBC); Off Broadway: Pretty Filthy, Wild Goose Dreams, The Underclassman. Film/TV: The Lennon Report; “The Big Dogz”; Music: The Entropy EP, Pretty Filthy (original cast recording).
Aaron Lazar has starred in 10 Broadway productions: he debuted in The Phantom of the Opera; originated roles in the world premieres of A Tale of Two Cities, Impressionism, and The Last Ship; starred in the revivals of A Little Night Music and Les Miserables; and romanced audiences in The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center and Live from LCT on PBS. On film, Mr. Lazar has worked with acclaimed directors including Clint Eastwood, Mary Harron, Shawn Levy, Martin Scorsese, and the Russo brothers. Television guest star roles include: NBC's The Blacklist; CBS's Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, and Bull; and FOX's The Following. In addition, Aaron has recurred on Disney's Girl Meets World, FX's The Strain, and IFC’s The Onion News Network. Mr. Lazar has been a guest artist with some of the world's finest symphonies including: The New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center, The Boston Pops, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at Masada, The English National Opera Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He can be heard on dozens of Broadway cast albums and television commercials, and his critically acclaimed solo show, Broadway to Hollywood, continues to play cabarets and PACs around the country.
Jared Goldsmith is over the MOON to join the Dear Evan Hansen family and originate the role of Jared Kleinman on the National Tour. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jared attended Elon University where he earned his BFA in Music Theatre. But, don’t be fooled, Jared isn’t just an actor. Currently, he’s co-writing and developing an original musical: MAZKAPAN. @jaredbgoldsmith
Phoebe Koyabe was born in rural France and raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. She is thrilled to be making her professional debut in the first national tour of Dear Evan Hansen. Playing Alana in Dear Evan Hansen is a dream come true.
Stephen Christopher Anthony is so excited to be joining the Dear Evan Hansen family! Most recently he was in Book of Mormon on Broadway (u/s Elder McKinley). Prior to Mormon, he starred as con-man Frank Abagnale Jr in the national tour of Catch Me If You Can. Favorite regional credits include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Hairspray, Carousel, Lend Me A Tenor. Stephen is a proud graduate of Florida State University.
Ciara Alyse Harris is OVERJOYED to be making her First National Tour Debut! Ciara is a recent graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). She thanks HCKR, her family and friends for their never ending love and support, and God for reminding her to believe in the impossible!
Hello America. Broadway: School of Rock, Mamma Mia!. National Tour: Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time. Mamma Mia!, Off Broadway Admissions (Lincoln Center) Film: David Fincher’s Zodiac. TV: “Billions,” “House of Cards”, “Mr. Robot,” “The Blacklist,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Castle.” Special thanks to the Dear Evan Hansen Family, Tara Rubin, and especially to my parents and my beautiful wife Jenn.
Noah Kieserman is ecstatic to be part of the first national touring company of Dear Evan Hansen after graduating from the University of Michigan (B.F.A Musical Theater Program, Class of 2018). Regional: 1776,Newsies (Connecticut Repertory Theatre); Grease, How To Succeed… (Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts). An avid writer as well, Noah’s musical theater compositions have been workshopped in Ann Arbor, DC, San Francisco, New York, Calgary, and Charlotte. He is also a proud recipient of the Actors' Equity Association's Alan Eisenberg Award.
Broadway: Angels in America (2018 Revival), Cabaret (2014 Revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2008 Revival) and Company (2007 Revival). Off-Broadway: Peer Gynt and Allegro at CSC, The 39 Steps (New World Stages), Pumpgirl (MTC). Regional credits include: The Huntington (IRNE Nominations), Barrington Stage Company, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Nomination), McCarter Theatre Center, San Jose Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, The Alley Theater, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Capital Repertory Theater, Virginia Stage Company. Film/TV: 27 Dresses and "Elementary." Member of Ensemble Studio Theater. Brown/Trinity MFA Program.
Broadway: Jekyll and Hyde, Wicked, Chicago, Legally Blonde. Off Broadway: Spamalot, Dames at Sea, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, End of the Rainbow, Mamma Mia. TV: “Law and Order,” “Third Watch,” “As the World Turns” and “Guiding Light.”
Maria Wirries is a recent graduate from the musical theater program at Penn State. She most recently was seen in the Broadway revival workshop of Once on This Island. Other theater credits include: The Artist Series’ Hot and Cole, Penn State School of Theater’s Be More Chill, Sweet Charity, Hair, Titanic, and The Players Theater’s Master Class. She also performs solo cabarets and often collaborates with the Sarasota Orchestra on their Master Works series. Maria has a huge appreciation for new work and has performed newly commissioned pieces by composers and artists James Grant, Dick Hyman, Alex Rybeck, Sheridan Seyfried. This last fall at Penn State she participated in a commission project of a new theater piece written by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger. As well as participating in the world premiere of Love in Hate Nation, a Joe Iconis musical. Maria also writes her own songs that can be heard on her SoundCloud account.
Michael has directed Dear Evan Hansen at the Arena Stage in DC in 2015, and Second Stage Theatre in 2016, and directs the upcoming Broadway production, which begins this fall at the Belasco Theatre. Most recently he directed War Paint at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Broadway: If/Then, Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Rent (Tony Award nominations), and Never Gonna Dance. Delacorte: The Tempest, Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet. Off-Broadway: new plays, musicals, revivals at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, NY Shakespeare Festival/Public, NYTW, Roundabout, Second Stage and Signature, including Katori Halls’ Our Lady of Kibeho, the 2010 revival of Angels in America (Lortel Award), Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... (Public), Guare's Landscape of the Body (Signature), and musical adaptations of Giant (Public) and Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons). He received Obie Awards for Machinal and Dogeaters (Public) and for Rent (NYTW). Regional: Williamstown (9 seasons) La Jolla Playhouse (Artistic Director 1995-99), Arena, Center Stage, Goodman, Guthrie, CTG/Taper, DTC, Trinity Rep. Education: Northwestern (BS),UCSD (MFA). He is very proud of his 2 kids, both seniors this year, one in high school and one in college.
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the Tony-nominated songwriters of the critically-acclaimed and record-breaking Broadway musical A Christmas Story, The Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre), which was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine, shared recognition as the Best Musical of 2012 in USA Today, and received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical.
Pasek and Paul are also the songwriters of the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight (Second Stage Theatre), the Lucille Lortel Award-winner for Best New Musical, nominee for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and shortlisted for a 2014 Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. The show enjoyed a critically-acclaimed production at London’s Southwark Playhouse in summer of 2014.
Other theatre credits include James and The Giant Peach (Kennedy Center, Goodspeed Musicals, Seattle Children’s Theatre) and Edges (licensed by Music Theatre International with hundreds of productions worldwide). In TV, their original songs were featured on season two of NBC's SMASH and rose to the top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts. They have also written songs for Sesame Street (PBS) and Johnny & the Sprites (Disney Channel). Pasek and Paul also created the song "Unlimited" for Old Navy's viral video and back-to-school campaign.
Current projects include: original songs for Warner Bros. animated feature Tom and Jerry Return to Oz; an original stage musical with playwright Steven Levenson and director Michael Greif; a new musical for Disney Theatricals with playwright Rick Elice.
Pasek & Paul's other songwriting honors include: Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; Sundance Institute Fellowship; ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award; ASCAP Songwriters Fellowship Award; Dramatists Guild Fellowship; Jonathan Larson Award; Billboard Magazine Top 5 Broadway Songwriters.
Benj and Justin work actively as teachers conducting master classes at top theatre programs and universities around the world. Both are graduates of the University of Michigan and members of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Steven Levenson is the Tony Award winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen. His plays include If I Forget, The Unavoidable Disappearance Of Tom Durnin, Core Values, The Language of Trees, and Seven Minutes In Heaven. Honors include the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Drama Desk Nomination, Hull-Warriner Nomination, Lucille Lortel Nomination, and the Helen Hayes Award. A former Artist in Residence at Ars Nova and a member of the Roundabout Leadership Council, he worked for three seasons as a writer and producer on Showtime’s Masters of Sex and is a founding member of Colt Coeur and an alumnus of MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and Ars Nova’s Play Group. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and Playscripts. A graduate of Brown University, he is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and the WGA.