Jason Coll is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's renowned School of Drama and The Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence through the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Businesss. He served as the Creative Director and Associate Artistic Director of Pittsburgh CLO (Civic Light Opera) from 1999-2008. He is a member of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop in New York City and holds a certificate from the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. His creative work with corporate and non-profits includes shows for Caesar's Palace Entertainment, Dollar Bank, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, The Pittsburgh Technology Council, Wrecking Crew Media, The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Bricolage Theater Co., Ernst and Young, The Senator John Heinz History Center and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Jason has directed and music directed numerous productions for the Pittsburgh CLO including:
A Musical Christmas Carol, The Big Bang, five Richard Rodgers Awards shows honoring Broadway and Hollywood legends Gwen Verdon, Bernadette Peters, Shirley Jones, Rob and Kathleen Marshall and Stephen Schwartz and numerous Gallery of Heroes musicals for young audiences. He is also the author of eleven original musicals, six of which have been produced by Pittsburgh CLO's Gallery of Heroes Program.
He co-wrote the musical I Love Gas! with Ted Watts, Jr. for Columbia Gas to promote gas safety to the tri-state area's students and composed the music to the original ballet, Who Owns the Sun? for The Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, which was narrated by James Earl Jones. He also composed the music to Let's Play, choreographed by Keisha Lalama for the Gus Giordano Jazz Company in Chicago.
He created the CLO/CMU New Works Program, which unites CMU Drama Students with Broadway caliber directors and writers as they present staged readings of new musicals under the guidance of renowned lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz.
With Lisa Klein, Jason created a children's television pilot, Write On!, which turns the creative writing of young people into short teleplays. He is also a writer/composer for The Three Sleuths, a live, interactive multimedia show that featured forensic legends Dr. Cyril Wecht, Dr. Henry Lee, and attorney Mark Geragos and their most famous cases at the Paris Hotel and Bally's in Las Vegas.
He directed the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Honors at the Guggenheim Museum and wrote and produced a new television pilot, MUNHALL, starring George Wendt.
He was named one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40" by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP and also Whitehall Borough's 2012 Citizen of the Year for his contributions to the arts and his community. In 2014, appeared on stage originating the role of Henry Winslow in the world premiere of Kooman and Dimond's JUDGE JACKIE JUSTICE at the CLO Cabaret. His latest musical works: BOUND IN BEFORE, 2019 Point Park University Dance and NORMAL-C, commissioned by Beacon College and available for rental. He is currently writing a new musical experience, ANDYLAND, a multimedia production featuring the life of Andy Warhol.
Choreographer and Educator, Kiesha Lalama has created more than 40 works for the stage and screen. Kiesha has choreographed works for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, All Shook Up for North Shore Music Theatre, the National High School Musical Theater Awards on Broadway (featured on the hit PBS series Broadway or Bust) "Alegria" for Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, "Torque" for the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble and A Grand Night For Singing, Ruthless! The Musical and Judge Jackie Justice for the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theater. Her conceived and choreographed full-length dance theatre production, The Bench received rave reviews and was honored to make it to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s "Best of Dance" Top Ten list in both 2009 and 2010. Lalama has created works for companies such as Ballet Arkansas, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Jazz Dance World Congress, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the Youth American Grand Prix, Kansas City Starlight Theatre and the films Sorority Row and The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Showtime's RUST.
In 2009, Kiesha Lalama was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch” and has been awarded a Leo’s Award for choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress. The Youth American Grand Prix has twice named Lalama to the coveted "Top 12" and honored her with the Outstanding Choreography Award.
As an educator, Kiesha served as an Associate Professor in the Point Park University Dance Department and as the Community and Outreach Director for the Pittsburgh CLO. She has taught master classes and workshops for Cirque Du Soleil, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Oakland University, Carnegie Mellon University, Wright State University, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, Booker T. Washington H.S. for the Performing and Visual Arts, and Dance Educators of America.
Kiesha Lalama graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and has her BA in Dance from Point Park University. She currently serves as the Artistic and Managing Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Lisa Klein holds a doctorate in Education and Instructional Leadership from Duquesne University as well as a Masters of Science in Mindfulness Studies from the University of Aberdeen. In 2009, she founded Frog Prince Creative with Jason Coll and has co-produced numerous events with him since the company's inception. She is the co-creator of Write On!--a children's television pilot that turns students' creative writing into teleplays, and is also the Executive Producer of Munhall, starring George Wendt, Tom Atkins, and Bernadette Birkett. In addition to being a certified instructor of meditation and mindfulness practices, Lisa is a writer, poet, and training and communication consultant. Her book, The Meditation and Mindfulness Edge: Becoming a Sharper, Healthier, and Happier Teacher will be released in 2024 by Routlege. lisakleinmindfulness.com
Combining over twenty three years of instructional experience working with learners of all ability and age levels with proven learning theories, Dr. Klein can help companies improve staff wellness, training and communication strategies. Her resume includes teaching at Duquesne University for eight years and serving as the head of the English department at a large, diverse high school. Her international experience includes teaching in primary and secondary schools in England, studying in Rome, Italy, and completing Holocaust studies in Poland.
Scott Hunter studied painting and art history at Boston University. He graduated in 1993 after a classically structured education based on intensive studio training and drawing from life. His work experience includes theatrical set design, illustration, commissioned portraits and wall murals.
Scott’s work is rooted in tradition, drawn from life and constructed with imagination. It is about the arrangement of images, textures, colors and shapes. Working in both a representational and non-representational manner he produces two distinct bodies of work. Both tend to evoke a specific place or memory. The construction of each resonates with emotional presence.
Scott lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work is represented in several private and public collections internationally.