Cariani is the author of Almost, Maine, which has become one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, with more than 2,500 productions to date, and which won the top spot as the most popular play in EdTA’s annual survey of school theatre programs for the past two years. He is also an award-winning actor who has appeared on and Off-Broadway, at regional theatres across the country, and in several films and television shows. From 2002 to 2007, Cariani played Julian Beck on NBC’s long-running drama Law & Order. Currently, he is appearing on Broadway in the musical The Band’s Visit.
Hamilton is an award-winning director and acting teacher who teaches the craft and business of acting at her studio in Los Angeles and around the world. For over 10 years, Hamilton was creative/show director for Walt Disney Imagineering, directing Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, Citizens of Buena Vista Street, and Frozen shows in Anaheim, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. She has directed many productions, including the GLAAD-nominated The Break Up Notebook and Jane Lynch’s Oh Sister, My Sister. From 1999 to 2006, Hamilton was the producing director of the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. As an actor, she has appeared in more than 30 productions.
D’Ambrosio is best known as The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical The Phantom of the Opera. Affectionately known as “The Iron Man of the Mask,” D’Ambrosio was awarded the distinction of “World’s Longest-running Phantom,” with more than 2,300 performances of the lead role, a title he held for a decade. This accomplishment was immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony. D’Ambrosio’s résumé also includes the Academy Award-nominated film The Godfather III, an Emmy Award-nominated television show, a four-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway show, two Grammy considerations, and a National Theatre Award nomination.