TEACHERS

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BEN COOK

Ben Cook is an actor, singer and dancer best known for his musical theater roles. Broadway productions: Ragtime, Billy Elliot the Musical, Newsies, Tuck Everlasting, Mean Girls. National Tour: Billy Elliot and Newsies. Television: 30 Rock, House of Cards, Veep and Law and Order:SVU. Film: Newsies "LIVE" and "Paterno" - HBO 

Ben is currently filming Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story". Ben will also play RIFF on Broadway set to open February 2020.

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DAN DeLUCA

Dan DeLuca originated the role of Jack Kelly on the first National Tour of Disney's Newsies and has helped develop new musicals alongside the greatest theater composers of our time including Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken and Martin Charmin. Television: The Code (CBS) Regional Theater Include: Jimmy-Thoroughly Modern Millie (Goodspeed Opera House) John-Meet Me in St. Louis, Lucas-The Addams Family (The Many), Charlie-Brigadoon, Ethan- The Full Monty (Pittsburgh CLO) Claude- Hair (Patchogue Theater) Gabe - Next to Normal, Sky - Mamma Mia! Charlie Brown - You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Weston Playhouse) Emmet - Legally Blonde (Lexington Theater Company), Young Max - The Grinch (The Old Globe), Various: 54 Below, Joe's Pub, Barrington Stage, Macy's Thanksgiving Parade & Radio City Music Hall. Dan is the co-owner of The Field LLC ( a company with the mission to develop more sustainable living) specializing in emtional intelligence and mindfulness. 

TEACHERS

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Mike Ryan

Mike Ryan has a BA in Musical Theater from PACE University in New York. Growing up, he participated in two summer theater programs and grew to love performing. Following graduation from PACE, he performed on a cruise ship for seven months. When that ended, he returned to New York.  Two weeks later he auditioned for the national tour of the Tony Award-winning “Newsies” and got the job. Currently, Mike teaches workshops and makes regular guest appearances at 54Below. Mike's love for life and people has taken him in a different direction for now. He has found joy in teaching theater to people with disabilities.

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JOSH BURRAGE

Josh Burrage starred as JoJo and Darcy in the 1st National tour of Disney's Newsies.  In 2017, he landed a role in Broadway's CATS. Regional: Broadway Circus - Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Newsies. Currently, Josh is touring the country in A Bronx Tale the Musical.