Book & Lyrics/Composer
In the 25 years as a professional puppeteer and writer, Timothy Edward Young has created multiple musicals for families as well as designing and overseeing the construction and performance of the diverse puppet characters that make up the productions. He is the creative force and performer behind the charming character Tuffy Tiger, adored by preschoolers everywhere. As the Chief Executive Director of Puppetry Arts New York, Mr. Young works closely with staff and volunteers to implement programs at schools, teach workshops, produce theatre programming and community events impacting over 30,000 people annually. In 2016, Puppetry Arts New York published Tuffy Tiger’s first album “Songs & Music For Me.” Expanding his impact and audience using puppetry in musical theatre, Mr. Young composed the lyrics, book, and songs for the epic musical Anthropomorphic. Having work-shopped the musical since 2009, Anthropomorphic has over 26 original songs by Mr. Young and incorporates mask and puppetry of all shapes and sizes infusing his own style and design.
Music Composer, Arranger, Producer and Pianist
Josu Ortiz is a composer and pianist from Caracas, Venezuela. His musical education began at the age of 5 singing in the school choir. By the age of 9 he was receiving private instruction in music and cuatro and enrolled at the Juan Jose Landaeta Conservatory of Music to study piano and musical theory, where he remained for five years. He also played with the Conservatory Estudiantina, with whom he recorded the album of the Conservatory Choir.
After graduating from high school, he went on to his Associates Degree in Audio Engineering at Taller de Arte Sonoro and studied jazz harmony and piano under the tutelage of Gerry Weil, graduating from the Taller de Jazz Caracas in Jazz Piano Performance. After falling for the music production process, he decided to study at Berklee College of Music a Dual Major Degree in Composition and Contemporary Writing and Production.
Josu founded his Latin Jazz Band in 2015, and he recorded an album that was released on May, 2017, called Black and White Steps, were he combined Venezuelan traditional grooves like, Onda Nueva and Merengue Caraqueño, with rhythms from Cuba, like Songo and Bembé. He also CoFounded Venezuelan Project, that has become an important band in the Boston music scene. With this band, he has played at Scullers Jazz Club and House of Blues. They have also been featured at important events like Berklee Fund Raising Gala and the Beantown Jazz Festival.
Full-time professional recording artist, Jonathan Mark Kuehling’s music has taken him coast to coast through 20 different countries, and into 5 different continents. His work includes numerous session calls, nationwide concerts, national television and radio appearances, and multiple commissions as a songwriter, producer and arranger. In addition he has worked as a producer and artist in residence to major entertainment enterprises such as Walt Disney, Royal Caribbean International, The All-Star American Circus, Musicianary International, several American Idol finalists, and Sony Records artist Brian Smith. His most recent bands have co-headlined alongside The Rolling Stones, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Fats Domino, Jackie Wilson, Casting Crowns, George Benson and the Drifters, and have made special appearances as a featured entertainer at Jeb Bush’s and Bill Clinton’s inaugural ceremonies.
Scenic/Lighting Design and Production Manager
Matthew is a freelance scenic and lighting designer, and former technical director, who has worked across the nation including NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Francisco, and The Berkshires, and as far away as Santiago, Chile. Most recently Matthew worked on the world premiere play Ghost Light: The Haunting which opened at the Abingdon Theater in NYC. In Philadelphia, he is the Resident Scenic Designer at The Media Music Theatre and is proud to work as a lighting designer with Mauckingbird Theatre Company. In the Berkshires, at Shakespeare & Company, he started the season with a wild version of A Comedy of Errors and capped off the 2015 season with the American company premiere of Red Velvet. He’s returning in the summer of 2016 to design lighting for King Lear and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. As a faculty member at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA he serves as Director of Production for the Center for the Performing and Cinematic Arts and is the Head of the Theater Education program. He is a product of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MFA in Technical Production) and Francis Marion University.