Director Spotlight: GYPSY

November 08, 2017

Meet the directos and leaders of NC Theatre’s classic Broadway spectacular GYPSY!


Michael Mindlin wears many hats as a Choreographer, Director, Instructor and Performer. His choreography credits for the stage include Beauty and the Beast (Northern Stage), Xanadu (Revision Theatre), BC Beat (Cielo, NYC) Awesomer and Awesomer (Triad Theatre, NYC) and several BC-EFA Benefits. Michael has also performed in numerous Broadway musicals and is currently the Dance Supervisor for the National Touring production of Hamilton: An American Musical.


Laura Bergquist strikes up the band as our Music Director and Conductor. She has worked on Broadway as the Musical Director/Conductor for Allegiance, starring Lea Salonga and George Takei. Her national tours include: The King and I, Titanic, Miss Saigon. Laura has previously worked on the world premieres of Sense & Sensibility, Daddy Long Legs, and Emma. She has appeared as a Guest Conductor for The Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare, Cincinnati Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, and the Music Theatre of Wichita. In New York, she’s performed at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, and Merkin Hall. Laura’s new musical, Not Another Christmas Letter! gets it’s NYC premiere this December.


Eric Woodall brings life to GYPSY as our director. Eric has a long history with NCT; as an actor, teacher and director.  As a high school student, he performed in Jesus Christ Superstar and George M! at NCT.  After successful years on stage and television, Eric returned to NCT in the late 90’s to direct and help cultivate the existing STAS program into the NC Theatre Conservatory. Over the last 15 years, Eric has been working as one of New York’s top casting directors in the office of Tara Rubin Casting. Through casting and developing new musicals, Eric has been lucky enough to work alongside Stephen Sondheim, Cameron Mackintosh, William Finn, Sir Richard Eyre, Stephen Daldry, Susan Stroman, Stephen Schwartz, Casey Nicholaw, James Lapine, Phyllida Lloyd and Hal Prince. A few of his Broadway casting credits include Sunset Boulevard, Aladdin, Falsettos, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Billy Elliot, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, and Mamma Mia! As a director, Eric served as the Resident Director of Mamma Mia! (Broadway, National tour.) Past NCT directorial credits include Jesus Christ SuperstarMary Poppins, Billy Elliot, Driving Miss Daisy and Steel Magnolias. Other directing credits include West Side Story, Big River, On Golden Pond (Casa Manana); The Light in the Piazza, Parade, August Osage County and Violet (Theatre Raleigh); Amadeus (Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square), and Hay Fever (Playmakers Repertory.) Eric is a drama graduate of Carnegie Mellon-University and a member of SDC and CSA.


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