My name is Darius Frowner and I am a pianist, musical director and teacher. For many years I have hosted and accompany singers at New York City’s famous Duplex Piano Bar in a variety of styles including pop, R&B, and musical theater at a very popular open mic night called “Singer Spotlight” (Mondays and Thurdays). The open mic includes Broadway performers, locals and international tourists. I am a member of AFM Local 802, I have been awarded a Bistro Award, and nominated for a Mac Award for excellence in Piano Bar Entertainment.
I have accompanied many performers in my career, some of them have been of Broadway fame. The most prestigious people I have accompanied have been Broadway legend Norm Lewis in concert at the Kennedy Center; Billy Porter, Adam Pascal for a Benefit Gala for Westchester Medical Center, a teen chorale who sang with Kristin Chenoweth at the Lunt-Fontanne on Broadway; and a teen chorale who sang with Patti LuPone and Sutton Foster at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.
I am also a Musical Director for local, regional and touring productions. The most notable recent production that I music directed was “Oklahoma!” at Denver Center for the Performing Arts (director Chris Coleman). This was especially ground-breaking because it was an all African American version of the show and garnered a lot of national attention. The production won many awards including the Henry Award for Outstanding Musical.
The other part of my career is in arts education. As the Musical Supervisor of the Performing Arts school at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, I help oversee a thriving fully accredited program offering instruction and performance opportunities. One of the most satisfying parts of my career is always finding new ways to encourage and cultivate interest in the arts in young people. We have had the opportunity to appear with recording stars like Vanessa Williams and Abba and Broadway stars like Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, and will appear with Audra McDonald in early 2020. In 2016 our program from MPAC was invited to bring select students to Washington D.C. to participate in Michelle Obama’s Broadway At The White House.
I have also taught internationally in my career. In 2018, I went to Rome to be a master teacher and judge for “Coppa Italia”, a televised music competition. During my stay, I learned that Italy held a similar passion for the arts! I did an Italian television interview about the experience which aired in 2019.
Along with the airing of the television competition, 2019 held many surprises and successes for me. One of the highlights of my year was making my Carnegie Hall debut accompanying tenor Christian Gibbs. I also helped design “Faces Of Black History”, a musical and educational touring performance, underwritten by McDonald’s Corporation. “Take A Stand“ is a song I composed for the show, which was performed at various schools and universities.
For corporate events and parties I work with an array of dynamic singers including Broadway names from shows like “Hamilton” and “Waitress” .I am able to custom tailor the entertainment for a variety of needs and venues; from private parties, weddings and cocktail hours to major fundraisers. I hope you have found it interesting getting to know a little about me.
Sam Allen is a graduate of University of Southern California and Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the “Fame” School). He studied and performed with the American
Ballroom Theatre and the Harkness Youth Ballet.
Sam has choreographed feature films, the musical production “In The Heights”, and national commercials for companies such as Nike, Almond Breeze, Canon, and Doritos.
He has also choreographed music videos and live tours for artists including Keith Urban Todrick Hall, Mya, and Cappadonna of Wu-Tang Clan. Sam has received various awards including Best Choreography at the United States Tournament of Dance Nationals. He loves telling stories through creative movement and his expertise in various forms of dance enable him to guest teach and choreograph all over the world including Japan and China. Currently, Sam teaches dance at various studios including the Playground LA, The Edge Performing Arts, and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
Robert Marks is a voice teacher, coach, conductor, arranger, and director, specializing in helping singers show their talents off to their best possible advantage. As a voice professional, his number one priority, now and always, has been vocal health. He works with singers of all ages, from absolute beginners to celebrities, and recently taught his 90,000th private session in his New York City studio.
Mr. Marks holds a degree in speech and voice pathology, and has taught at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy and the Weist-Barron School in New York. He has been Special Guest Instructor at the Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, The New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA) Professional Development Program at Columbia University, The Voice Foundation Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, and at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Education. He has given workshops, master classes and seminars internationally. His articles have appeared in several publications, including the internationally recognized Journal of Singing.
For several years, he was the host and musical director of the acclaimed Youngstars cabaret performances of professional children in New York City. His music arrangements have been heard on many compact disc releases of the “Revisited” series of recordings on Painted Smiles Records. He also had the honor of directing ragtime legend Max Morath in Ragtime and Again off-Broadway at the York Theatre.
He has been the musical director of over 200 productions across the country, including every style of music, from Kismet to The Rocky Horror Show. He has coached cast members of almost every current Broadway musical, and former students have included Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Deborah Gibson, Ariana Grande, Nikki M. James, Ricki Lake, Constantine Maroules, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Christy Carlson Romano, Lea Salonga, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Britney Spears, and Ashley Tisdale.
He was a pianist with the Broadway and national companies of the hit musical Annie, and spent two seasons as the Associate Conductor of the St. Louis Municipal Opera, working with such stars as Shirley Jones, Paul Williams, Carol Lawrence, and Vincent Price.
At a time when all styles of non-classical music were mostly ignored and misunderstood by singing teachers, Mr. Marks helped found the seminal Music Theatre Committee of NYSTA, which continues to be a key element in its programs. For over 25 years he has maintained a private voice and recording studio in midtown Manhattan. He is a member of American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP); New York Singing Teachers’ Association (NYSTA); National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS); and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS).
He is regarded by many as being one of “the best in the business,” and is committed to bringing his expertise and experience to singers and teachers of singing so that they may reach their vocal performance goals.
Lynda is known in the entertainment industry and in her personal life as a true warrior. She is a well educated, experienced, dedicated literary and talent agency owner who asks nothing less from her team or clients than she is willing to do herself.
Her life is an open book. She never intended on having a 17 year plus career in the entertainment industry.
She stumbled upon this path after life changed quite dramatically for her as a young mother and registered nurse . Lynda now a mother of 7 children ( 6 of whom are adopted) and the grandmother of two is a transplant to Los Angeles from the Philadelphia area.
Lynda is living with the HIV virus. A disease she aquired occupationally as a Registered Nurse in 1992. She began her family with her husband Tony through adoption at the age of 24. Her daughter, Ashley, first caught the acting bug and appeared OffBroadway at the age of 6. Lynda accepted a position as a talent manager with a NJ talent management firm and as her daughters aspirations climbed in the business; Lynda found that her days of bedside nursing were coming to an end due to the health hazards and her weakened immune system combination. Talent Management was something she excelled at with clients appearing in Broadway shows and National Tours, in studio feature films, national commercials and regional theatre. She had already attained her MBA in marketing and management from Eastern University in 2002.
She had had an illustrious career as an international public health advocate, world renowned speaker, adjunct College professor in Ethics and Leadership and became a published author several times over. She even helped to effect lasting change with the passage of The Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act under President Bill Clinton in 2000. She had fought tirelessly to make sure that accidents that happened to her were minimized in the workplace for all healthcare workers.
It was apparent that her leadership strengths, teambuilding efforts, advocacy experience and efforts in working with executives, mid level management, staff and individuals could be parlayed into another avenue…a new passion….the entertainment industry proved to be the perfect fit!
Never ever representing her own children in the business , never wanting to be viewed as a “momager” was key to Lynda’s own personal strategy and plan. She aligned herself with the best of the best in talent management and agenting to gain experience most times working on a voluntary basis. In 2008 , after relocating to Los Angeles, Lynda opened a partnership of a bicoastal talent management company that literally changed her life.
That company was extremely successful and instrumental in launching some of the hottest most marketable & memorable talents that continue to work today in film, television and on Broadway. However in 2013 the HIV virus caught up with Lynda and affected her capacity to function. Diagnosed with neurological complications, she lost her drivers license and was physically affected in strength and mobility. Her medication regime needed to be changed and it took a long time to accomplish this.
All through many challenging medical experiences and experiments , while her body was slowly accepting the changes Lynda almost died twice. However through the Grace of God and a fabulous medical team at UCLA, In 2016 she began to slowly put her life back together. She had urgently left her company behind in 2013 at the pinnacle of its success and began to slowly get reaquainted in the industry quietly and steadliy heading up another management division for a CA firm and then ultimately transitioning into film preproduction, talent aquistion and coordination.
Understanding both sides of the business became a crucial key success benchmark for her trajectory. Lynda left production behind to become a talent agent for a boutique agency in the Spring of 2018 to brush up on her contract negotiation skills and test the environment that had been shifting and changing so rapidly since her sudden departure. Ultimately, she knew that entrepreneurial situations suited her best and with a strong compass and sense of purpose, coupled with direction and advise from industry icons she values to this day, she decided it was time to strike out on her own.
With past clients having major success in Feature Film Production, Bookings in: Studio Films, Series Regular Roles for Network Television Series and Childrens Network Series, Broadway Shows , National Commercials and Streaming Series etc, she is well versed in all aspects of the entertainment industry. Each client she has ever represented is still carried with her in some small way today. Some have even remained as clients through her various iterations since those early days in NJ. She believes that each life experience presents itself for a reason. The good, the challenging, the celebratory and the heartbreaking. She believes that there is light if you seek it and create alliances to support that opportunity- a light that empowers, lifts up, renews and allows us to overcome obstacles in the way.
Lynda is passionate about working with each and every client and has assembled a phenomenal experienced team of professionals to meet the SST literary and performance clients where they are in their stage of development and move that needle forward. She is an avid volunteer for many local Foster Care and Adoption Organizations as well as occasionally publicly involved on a national level in continuing HIV education efforts.. She is active with the Talent Managers for Actors and Child Actors 101 education Groups as well as many other industry committees to support up and coming actors, writers and performers. Privately and publicly, she encourages them to be true to themselves, to consistently train, to do the work, to keep fighting the good fight and never give up! She implores them to take every opportunity to show up to book the room! She applies the same mottos she has lived and worked by in all areas of her life both professionally and personally and quite frankly expects nothing less of her team or her clients!
Janine Molinari, a Staten Island native, first enrolled at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. By the time she was a sophomore, she was choreographing the school’s mainstage shows and teaching dance classes. Ever ambitious, she decided to move back to New York where she graduated from Wagner College and began booking national tours both Broadway and Off-Broadway. In 2000, while playing in Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding, Janine’s fellow cast members asked her to teach them to tap, which led to a fateful meeting one Thanksgiving weekend.
Janine Molinari is known for her work in the performing arts both on stage and off. As the founder and Artistic Director of Dance Molinari NYC/LA/Chicago (DMO), Janine trains students to make their professional broadway, television, and cinematic debuts. From NYC to LA and from Europe to Asia, her teachings reach aspiring and established performers across the globe.
Now in its 20th year, DMO is positioned as a world-renowned performing arts training company dedicated to the cultivation of young artists. As choreographer, actor, singer, network consultant, and with a list of credits to match, Janine leads Dance Molinari with expertise and experience. She teaches master classes in Broadway theatre dance and tap, as well as private and group instruction.
Janine’s work has been seen on tv, in film, music videos, commercials, nightclubs, many regional theaters, off-Broadway, and most recently an episode of the Disney TV sitcom, Kickin’ It. Also, she is the residential director and choreographer for the Seven Angels Theatre in Connecticut. Some of her original New York credits include choreographing the award-winning Urban Momfare, which won the 2014 Fringe New York City excellence award for best overall musical, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Above Hell’s Kitchen, Blessings In Disguise, Sub-Terrain, Left To Their Own Devices, Dancing Backwards, Tap Rules, The Delusionist, and The Totally Tubular Time Machine, starring Debbie Gibson.
As a producer, she was part of the “community” for Broadway’s Godspell, three successful runs of Vignettes of An Italian American Girl, The Annual Holiday Hop and the comedy web-series “Tap Out Of It!”, a loving parody of life at DMO. Janine was also featured in the PBS documentary, “Annie – it’s the hard-knock life, from script to stage,” as well as in the book “How To Act Like A Kid,” written by Henry Hodges and Margaret Engle.
Janine’s infectious energy, enthusiasm, and motivational teaching style set the tone for a non-competitive artistic environment.