ACADEMY AWARD® Winning Disney Legend, Alan Menken and TONY AWARD® Winner, Lindsay Mendez Join the ACT of CT Artistic Advisory Board

Alan Menken

ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) of Connecticut is thrilled to announce that legendary Broadway and film composer, Alan Menken and 2018 TONY Award® winner Lindsay Mendez, recent star of the Broadway revival of Carousel, have joined ACT’s Artistic Advisory Board, adding their extensive theatrical expertise and talent to aid in the future success of the theater.

Alan Menken is a Disney legend who has won more Academy Awards than any other living individual, including eight Oscars® with 4 for Best Score and 4 for Best Song; 11 Grammy® Awards (including Song of the Year for "A Whole New World"); and 7 Golden Globes. He is best known for his work on Disney films including The Little MermaidAladdinThe Hunchback of Notre DameBeauty and the BeastHerculesPocahontasEnchanted, and Tangled, as well as the onstage musicals NewsiesLittle Shop of HorrorsA Christmas Carol and Sister Act. He is currently working with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the new live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

Lindsay Mendez is a gifted singer and actress who won the 2018 TONY, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Her resume also includes performances in the Broadway hits Wicked, Significant OtherDogFightGodspell (2011 Revival), Everyday Rapture (Roundabout) and Grease (2007 Revival). Mendez has been a huge supporter of ACT of CT, donating her talents to the inaugural ACT of CT Gala fundraiser, launching the theater’s first Masterclass Workshop in 2017, and she recently performed with ACT of CT’s Resident Music Director, Bryan Perri, to a sold-out audience in the Broadway Unplugged series, a one-of-a-kind evening of great conversation, behind-the-scenes stories, and extraordinary music.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Alan and Lindsay to our ACT Artistic Advisory Board! Their passion for new regional theater and their support of ACT is overwhelming. I know their generous contribution to ACT will yield incredible dividends for the local arts community,” stated ACT of CT Artistic Director, Daniel C. Levine.

Menken and Mendez will join other accomplished members of the ACT of CT Artistic Advisory Board including Stephen Schwartz, Susan Batten, Christian Borle, Al Blackstone, and Caite Hevner.

About ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre)

ACT of Connecticut (A Contemporary Theatre) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), premier Equity theater located on the renowned Schlumberger property in Ridgefield, CT. Founded and led by three accomplished theater professionals, the contemporary theater presents limited engagement runs of well-known Broadway plays and musicals, as well as world-premiere plays and musicals by the next generation of writers and composers. The theater company produces three shows per season, including one show in the “Presenting Stephen Schwartz” series, honoring ACT of CT’s Artistic Advisor, Stephen Schwartz. Each show features both Broadway stars and local Fairfield and Westchester County talent. In addition to fully produced main stage productions, ACT of CT hosts Broadway Unplugged, youth education classes, master classes, camps, workshops, and a conservatory program for high school students. ACT of CT is located at 36 Old Quarry Road, in the beautiful village of Ridgefield, CT. Visit actofct.org for further information.

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