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Kalonjee Gallimore
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Kalonjee Gallimore is a New York-based actor/singer/dancer/songwriter/demigod/wizard/tiktokconnoisseur born in Harlem, NY, and raised in Atlanta, GA. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a triple minor in Producing; Business of Entertainment, Media, and Technology; and Public Policy & Management.  His work has been seen Off-Broadway; In regional theatres such as The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, Flat Rock Playhouse in Flat Rock, NC, Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ; and most importantly Zoom! Kalonjee believes theatre can allow audiences to access emotions previously inaccessible, and verbalize insights previously impossible to render into words. And that power is what calls him to keep creating visceral thought-provoking work.

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Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt started as a passion project when Sam and Elspeth were quarantining in Westchester, NY during the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020. As the duo tried to cope with leaving grad school and entering a world where live theatre was entirely stalled, they began writing dozens of stand-alone songs and enlisting performers to bring them to life, virtually.

 

Flash forward to December of 2020! Sam and Elspeth realized that many of the songs they had written over the past nine months circled around one huge theme: love. Thus, Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt started becoming a reality for the writing team. They wrote several new songs and reached out to even more performers. They put together a track list and they were off!

 

Little Love Notes from Collard & Rosenblatt was released on March 14th, with a launch party hosted by 10glo.com, with Noah Mutterperl, and is now available for streaming on Spotify and all other music platforms. Sam and Elspeth are so grateful for all the wonderful performers who poured time, talent, and energy into this album and made this dream a reality. Check out the talented performers below and make sure to take a listen to LLN.

 

 

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Noah Dunton
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Noah Dunton is an NYU Tisch graduate. Favorite educational credits include Bare (Peter) and The Reality Show: NYU. A huge thank you to Sam and Elspeth! www.noahdunton.com

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After being raised in the quiet city of Bristol, Connecticut, Joe Badore attended The College of Saint Rose in Albany and acquired a degree in Music Education. While attaining his undergraduate degree, he studied classical voice under Woodrow Bynum, and performed the entirety of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin from memory as his degree recital. Badore wrote the lyrics for “THE VACATION”, a ten minute musical recently featured on The Latest Draft Podcast, and wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for “THE MAGNOLIA”, a twenty minute musical. Joe is finishing his graduate studies at NYU this spring, as part of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

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Sonya Balsara
Simpler Times
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Sonya Balsara is an actor, singer, and poet based in New York City. She recently played Maria in West Side Story at IHI Stagearound in Tokyo, Japan and was a lead in the Broadway-bound reading of The Karate Kid: a musical. She has also been seen on Amazon Prime’s Mozart in the Jungle Season 4, independent films, and various commercials and music videos. Sonya is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She finds joy and inspiration through travel, volunteering, hiking, and writing.

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Damon McToy

Memento For You

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Damon McToy is a proud AEA member.  He was last seen in the International Tour of Sister Act. Some of his favorite productions he has been a part of are Benny in (RENT) Abraham Gray in the Premiere of (Treasure Island the Musical) . When not performing on land, he is performing as a lead vocalist in shows on the high seas for multiple cruise ship companies, Princess Cruises and Holland America to name a few! If you would like to keep up with his adventures, You can follow him on Instagram @mctoystoryy or his YouTube @mrdmcty1 

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Amanda Briskin-Wallace
Forever and Ever and Always
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Amanda Briskin-Wallace is an NYC based Actor and Teaching Artist. She's an NYU graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Educational Theatre: Performance and Production and a Minor in American Sign Language. Upon graduating, she performed children's theater with Shadow Box Theatre Company and was an After School Teaching Assistant for Wingspan Arts. Most recently, Amanda has been planning and overseeing the events for Wingspan Arts' Alumni Association, she was hired as a makeup artist for a couple of projects with Ping Chong + Company, and she has recorded multiple songs with the Collard and Rosenblatt duo!

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Josh Ben-Ami
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Josh Ben-Ami is a musical theater/pop songwriter living in Manhattan. Josh composed the score for Maya’s Mother, a short-form musical, with book and lyrics by James Salem . He and James are currently writing #Masc4Masc: A Totally Masculine Musical, a full-length musical comedy. Josh is also writing music and lyrics for Unpopular Opinions, an original song cycle. Josh is also a co-host of the queer film podcast Is This Movie, You Know… His work has been performed at Dixon Place and The Duplex. He is a graduate of the Gallatin school at New York University, and received an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Arts in 2020. Proud member of ASCAP.

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Devin Ilaw
I'm Finding Me
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Devin Ilaw is a NYC artist, educator, and storyteller. Broadway: Miss Saigon (Thuy), Les Miserables (Montparnasse, Marius u/s). National Tour: Les Miserables (Marius). Regional favorites: The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Bernstein's Mass (soloist), M. Butterfly (Song Liling). Concerts: West Side Story (Action), Next to Normal (Gabe). Film: Virtue (Efren). Devin is currently a 3-year ensemble actor for Visible Ink, which brings the literary work of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center patients to life onstage, is a Broadway Ambassador for the non-profit organization Broadway for Arts Education (BAE), and for the past 11 years has operated a thriving private vocal studio. Mabuhay. <devin-ilaw.com>

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Tiana Jung
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Tiana received her BFA in Drama/Music Theatre from New York University Tisch School of the Art’s New Studio on Broadway this past May. She has originated multiple roles in both Vancouver and New York. Select NYU credits include: Sansanee in Pregnancy Pact (dir. Catie Davis), Once Upon A Rhyme (chor. Stephanie Klemons), Angel in Celebration (dir. Brian Hill), and Nia in Forget Me Not by Joey Contreras.  She is also a dancer, voice actor and member of Canadian Actors Equity.  Check out her website for more info at www.tianajung.com or @tianamjung on Instagram.

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Catherine Ricafort
My Daughter's World
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CATHERINE RICAFORT is a triple-threat Broadway actor who has performed in 8 Broadway shows, including SpongeBob Squarepants as villainess “Karen the Computer, and Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas as “Mahi” (known for her comedic number “Friki Friki”). She performed on NBC's THE SING-OFF as featured soloist of "The Backbeats" a cappella group. As a director and choreographer, her latest project is “Choose”,  the debut music video for nerdcore rapper (and her brother), Super Smack. Catherine is also a software engineer and co-founder of Artists Who Code. @cattricafort

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Lauryn Ciardullo
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Currently on Broadway in Disney's hit show Aladdin, Lauryn understudies Princess Jasmine as well as several other roles in the award-winning production. As an original cast member with the show she has had the opportunity to perform on the 2014 Tony Awards, The View, Good Morning America, Tamron Hall and the ABC Disney Singalong. Before making her Broadway debut in Disney’s Aladdin Lauryn traveled throughout the United States with numerous Broadway tours. They include 'West Side Story' (Maria u/s), 'A Chorus Line', 'The Addams Family', 'The Wizard of Oz', 'The Wedding Singer' and 'The Little Mermaid'.  Lauryn also runs ‘Class with Lauryn’, a popular online theater school offering Broadway workshops, dance and improvisation acting classes as well as private voice, acting and piano lessons!

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Sam Paley
Fools
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Sam Paley is thrilled to be back working with this amazing team! Recent Theatre: A Woman of No Importance (Walnut Street Theatre), Royal Family of Broadway (Barrington Stage), A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre), and Next to Normal (Pendragon Theatre). Recent Film: Antarctic Cities. 

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Maxwell Levy
My New York City
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Originally from New York, Maxwell Levy, tenor, is an interpreter of the operatic, song and musical theater repertoire whose “rare, somewhat dark voiced tenor…not only has the stentorian delivery needed to fill any hall, but also the ability to scale it back with gorgeous results.” (Opera Today) His 2019 season highlights included Hermann in The Queen of Spades directed by Francesca Zambello at the Glimmerglass Festival, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte directed by Andrew Sinclair at Royal Academy Opera and the Opera Box Ghost in The Ghosts of Versailles conducted by Joseph Colaneri at the Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles. Maxwell is an alumnus of The Juilliard School and the University of Pennsylvania and is completing his Advanced Diploma at The Royal Academy of Music in London. Maxwell is represented globally by Miguel Rodriguez, President and Artist Manager, Athlone Artists.

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Rachel Torres
You're Gonna Be Okay

Rachel Torres (EMC) is a actor, singer, and dancers based in NYC. She recently graduated from NYU Tisch's New Studio on Broadway (musical theatre program) with a minor in physics, and is thrilled to be continuing her collaborations with Collard and Rosenblatt. Rachel currently works with a non-profit, fair trade organization selling handmade goods by women artisans to provide generational income for women in low income areas around the world. Current listening: "Yesterday's Tomorrow" - Phony Ppl

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Ally Bonino
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Ally is an actor, singer, writer, and baker based in NYC. She is passionate about creating new work and breaking down the old barriers of type and convention. There are several exciting projects in the works, pandemic willing of course, so head on over to allybonino.com to stay up to date. 

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Milena Makse
Fools
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Milena Makse is an actor, singer, and student at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Her favorite time spent is on a stage and collaborating with her fellow artists. Her next performance will be at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ, as part of the cast of songs for a new world. Hats off to the beautifully talented writers of this album, Elspeth and Sam. Their music is a gift! milenamakse.com

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Angelo Harrington II
Forever and Ever and Always
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Angelo Harrington II (he/him/his) is a freshman BFA Musical Theatre major at Marymount Manhattan College. As someone who’s used to doing live theatre, getting to record such an amazing song was a super fun experience and he is very grateful for Sam and Elspeth for allowing him to be a part of this amazing project!!

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Jenna Beressi
Biggest Fan
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Jenna Beressi was born and raised in the foggy Bay Area of California, where she first found a love for theater. She recently earned her BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she trained at the Atlantic Acting School, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and Stonestreet Film and TV Studios. Upon graduation, Jenna was honored for “Outstanding Achievement in Studio” for her acting work. She is so grateful to Elspeth and Sam for their long time friendship and collaboration, and she is beyond thrilled to be included on their debut album! 

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Alyssa Carthy
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Alyssa Carthy is a twenty-some-odd living her best adultish life. Alyssa has participated in a number of theatrical productions over the years, including Legally Blonde, Little Shop of Horrors, and Chicago. She has also subjected herself to the whims of her friends who have pulled her into several directing projects of interpretations of some pretty intense plays, including but not limited to, Salome, Electra, Trojan Women, A Long Christmas Dinner, and Woyzeck. A very big shout out to Sam for helping Alyssa make her debut on Spotify and she wishes the incredible team the best of luck and lots of love!

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Ana Stasia
You're Gonna Be Okay

Canadian singer, actress and writer, Anastasia Dextrene S. Johnson (a.k.a. Ana Stasia’s) works have been published and recognized across North America, the United Kingdom and the Caribbean. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including Black-ish, Scandal and Brooklyn Nine Nine. Though she is best known for her self-written EP, “Best Life” and single “Shade”, which earned her Billboard features and GRAMMY award short-listings for Best R&B Album, Song, Performance and Record of the Year. Anastasia is a graduate of the University of Toronto, the AMDA College & Conservatory of the Performing Arts (NY/LA), and a 2021 M.F.A. candidate in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. A proud ACTRA and Dramatist Guild member, you can find out more about Ana Stasia here: www.anastasiadextrene.com.

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Talia Suskauer
Always Come Home to You
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TALIA SUSKAUER is so excited to be a part of this album!  Pre-COVID, Talia was most recently traveling the country as Elphaba in the National Tour of WICKED. Broadway: BE MORE CHILL; Off-Broadway: BE MORE CHILL. Other credits include Princess Fiona in SHREK, Jo in LITTLE WOMEN, Lily in THE SECRET GARDEN at the New London Barn Playhouse. @taliasuskauer

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Brooke Wexler
Love Again
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Brooke Wexler is an NYC-based actor, singer, and dancer. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance with a concentration in Music Theater from NYU Steinhardt. As a soprano, Brooke has over a three-octave vocal range (E3 to F6), with a love for classical singing, as well as contemporary belting and pop/rock! Her dance training includes tap, music theater, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and modern. Brooke enjoys playing piano and guitar, songwriting, yoga, and training in Krav Maga. Most specially, Brooke adores working with Sam and Elspeth! In her sophomore year at NYU, Brooke was cast as Chrysanthemum in Sam’s original show, Chrysanthemum: The Musical, and ever since, over the course of working on quite a few projects together, they have grown to become dear friends. A few years later, Sam teamed up with a composer at Tisch GMTWP, and they had asked Brooke to workshop and perform much of their original works, and throughout the process, Brooke had found another treasured friend, Elspeth. Brooke is honored to be a part of Sam and Elspeth’s new album, and knows their talents will bring much joy and love to their listeners. Website: www.Brooke-Wexler.com; Instagram: @brooke.wex

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Becca Suskauer
Always Come Home to You
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Becca Suskauer is an aspiring performer, and hails from Palm Beach Gardens, FL. She is currently a senior at Penn State, and will graduate from their B.F.A. Musical Theatre program in the spring. Regional: Mamma Mia! (Ensemble) at The Muny. Collegiate: Legally Blonde (Vivienne), A Little Night Music (Charlotte), The Last Five Years (Cathy).

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Bryan Freedman
You're Gonna Be Okay
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Bryan Freedman is a mixed-race actor, singer-songwriter, musician, and photographer based in NYC and Philadelphia. His debut The Hudson River Park EP is out now on all platforms! Recent credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Arden Theatre Company), Pride and Prejudice: The Musical (SheNYC), The Oldenburg Suite (New York Musical Festival, Montclair Theatre Project), Head and Heart (Signature Theatre). Trained at NYU Tisch at New Studio on Broadway and The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Instagram: @bryan_freedman Website: www.bryanfreedman.com   

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Blake Roman

I'm Wishing

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Blake Roman is an actor, singer-songwriter, and musician born in Erie, PA. He attended the University of Michigan and received a BFA in Musical Theatre. Based out of New York City, he is building a career in stage, film, voiceover, and music. 

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James Rose

Worthy

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James Rose (they/them) is a non-binary actor, writer, and lover of life. Theatre Credits: Singin’ in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Cabaret (Emcee), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander). TV/Film: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 3), “never let me go” (released Winter 2022). Training: NYU. They write about gender, liberation, trauma recovery, their feelings, & their exes on Instagram, @jamesissmiling. James is honored to be working with Sam & Elspeth (again!) & to share these musical love notes of redemption, worthiness, and celebration.

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RJ Christian
Your Mom's Got It Out For Me
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RJ Christian is a Senior at NYU studying Musical Theatre Voice at Steinhardt. His musical TikToks have been featured on The Rollingstone, Broadwayworld, Playbill  Vulture, and Daily Mail (TikTok @RJtheComposer) He has served as Composer/Lyricist in five different productions including The Link, Mea Culpa, On a Wing and a Chair, Airlock: The Musical, and RedBeard as well as MD on The Wives of Henry the Eighth (Bossy Collective) and Wildfire: Before the Bloom (No Exit Theatre Collective) RJ was a finalist for Taylor Louderman’s Write Out Loud song competition with his song “Up There” As an actor, some of his favorite roles have been Donkey (Shrek the Musical), Callahan (Legally Blonde), and Beast (Beauty and the Beast). RJ was also a cast member of the 2018 and 2019 NYU Reality Show.

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Gabrielle Carrubba
My Person
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Gabrielle Carrubba is currently making her Broadway debut in Dear Evan Hansen as Zoe Murphy. Regional credits include A.R.T. (Burn All Night), Goodspeed Opera House (Sweetwater), NSMT and Reagle Music Theater. Along with being an actor, Gabrielle is also a director, photographer, and cinematographer. BFA: The Boston Conservatory. @gabrielle.carrubba  

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Kris Bramson
Fools

Kris Bramson (she/her) is an actor, singer, and artist. Proudly Salvadoran, Jewish & queer; she is a California girl born and raised, currently based in New York City. Kris is an alumni of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Class of 2020), where she studied with both the Atlantic Acting School and with Stonestreet Studios. She is very grateful to have had such lovely opportunities working with Rosenblatt and Collard Productions, and is always looking to further collaborate and grow! ig: @krisbramson

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