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Selected Alumni Bios
Elena Shaddow, B.M., Vocal Performance/Music Theatre, 2002. Elena Shaddow landed a part as Cosette in the Broadway production of Les Miserables during her senior year at NYU Steinhardt Music. Right after graduation she was cast as Abigail Barclay and understudy to Susan in Sweet Smell of Success. Additional Broadway credits include Laura Fairlie in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White, and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Claudia in Nine with Antonio Banderas.
In London's own Broadway, West End, Elena was cast as Magnolia in Show Boat at the Royal Albert Hall. Elena was also cast Clara Johnson in the National Tour of The Light in the Piazza for which she was nominated for the 2007 Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actress Award.
Elena's regional theatre credits include Lili in Carnival! (Paper Mill Playhouse), Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Viola in Illyria (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ) and Lupita in Senior Discretion Himself (The Arena Stage), for which she was nominated for the 2005 Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actress Award.
Elena is married to director/choreographer, and NYU Steinhardt Music Theatre alumnus Michael Harrington.
Douglas Ullman, Jr. Vocal Performance 2005, studied at NYU Steinhardt with Carolann Page. Originally from Old Tappan, NJ, Doug began performing in high school in shows such as South Pacific (Cable), A Funny Thing . . . (Hero), Joseph . . ., Brigadoon (Tommy), and West Side Story (Tony), as well as participating in All-County, All-State and All-Eastern choirs. Doug also attended summer programs at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival and at Westminster Choir College, where he was a member of the summer’s chamber ensemble. At NYU was seen in: Our Town (Dr. Gibbs), A Chorus Line (Don), Ragtime (Younger Brother), A New Brain (Minister), Street Scene (Lippo), Fiorello!, The Medicine Show (Scalawag) and Godspell. He has also been fortunate enough to perform outside of NYU in Cabaret (Cliff), Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Louis), and Beguiled Again at The Theater Barn as well as at the Arundel Barn Playhouse in Godspell, Grease (Doody), and Route 66.
In the spring of 2007, Douglas performed Matt in the Broadway revival of The Fantasticks off-Broadway at New York’s brand new Snapple Theater Center in Times Square.
Haviland Stillwell (B.M. Music Theatre, 2003) graduated from The Paideia School in Atlanta and then, NYU Steinhardt Vocal Performance, with honors. She made her Broadway debut in the revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and followed that with the revival of LES MISERABLES. She has done various television and film work, including ABC's “Six Degrees.”
She served as Associate Producer on the Off-Broadway production of John Cariani’s play, ALMOST, MAINE, and performed her solo concert THE REAL SECRET, which one reviewer dubbed her "arrival as a talent worth noticing.” She's a muse to feminist photographer Layla Love, a performer on Rosie O’Donnell’s family cruises, the host of the Broadwayworld.com talk show “Flirt” and a regular character of writer Marie "Riese" Lyn Bernard's AUTOMATIC-WIN. She now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Natalie Hill (B.M., 2004, Vocal Performance/Music Theatre), a January 2004 Grad, she was seen as "Shelly" and understudies Tracy and Velma in the 1st National Tour of Hairspay. Shortly after graduating, Natalie also starred as "Anita" in West Side Story at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago.
While at NYU, Natalie appeared in a Pre-Broadway run of Frank Wildhorn's Camille Claudel (With Linda Eder and Michael Nouri) at the Goodspeed Opera House where she also appeared in Brigadoon directed by former NYU professor, Greg Ganakas(2001). She recently created the role of "Bernadette" in the World Premier of Romeo and Bernadette at the Paper Mill and Coconut Grove Playhouses. She received a 2003 Carbonell Nomination for "Best Actress in a Musical" for her role in the Coconut Grove Playhouse production of Romeo and Bernadette.
Other Credits Include Footloose (Rusty, Natnl. Tour), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Liz Larsen (u/s and performed Narrator, North Shore Music Theatre--where she became a member of Actors Equity--thanks to Prof. Ganakas), Les Miserables in Concert (Eponine), and the Reading of Go Go Beach (Mindy).
At NYU, Natalie appeared as a freshman as Anita in West Side Story, Our Time: Voices of the New Millenium and as a Hot Box Girl/Havana Dancer in Guys and Dolls. Natalie has also performed in Japan and filmed Blue Ridge Falls (with Amy Irving, Tom Arnold, and Chris Issak) for Sundance. Originally from Utah, she was delighted to sing the National Anthem at the 2002 Winter Olympic Torch Lighting Ceremony.
Michael Craig (B.M. 2007, Vocal Performance, Music Theatre)
Beginning March 31, 2008, Michael will be starring as Matthew in the Off-Broadway production of ALTAR BOYZ, after playing the role in the St. Louis Rep and Cincinnati Playhouse productions. NYC: Lincoln Center in ONLY CHILDREN (Alistair Richards), Bound for Broadway opposite Jerry Dixon and Donna Vivino and THINGS TO RUIN: THE SONGS OF JOE ICONIS at Joe's Pub. Regional: EDGES (Man 1) at Music Theatre of Connecticut, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Jack Scott) at North Shore Music Theatre, THE SIXTIES PROJECT at Goodspeed (Colonel Steele) directed by Richard Maltby, Jr., Jonathan in TICK..TICK..BOOM! and Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. NYU Steinhardt Vocal Performance Program credits: 29 (Man 1), URINETOWN (Bobby), RAGTIME, A CHORUS LINE (Al), PARADE (Brit Craig), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Pirate King) and INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella's Prince). Recordings: The Thief and The Gondoliers music directed by Joseph Church, and a demo in conjunction with JIVE Records. In 2003, Michael was seen on American Idol 2 as a Hollywood Finalist. www.michaelkadincraig.com
Jennifer Goode Cooper
Jennifer Goode Cooper (B.M., 2000, Vocal Performance/Music Theatre) soprano, described by the New York Times as a “powerful, expressive soprano” with “great dramatic instincts,” is one of America’s most promising sopranos. She sang the role of Musetta in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway and Los Angeles productions of Puccini’s La Bohème, shortly after covering the 2nd Lady in The Magic Flute at Opera Theater of St. Louis. Jennifer has earned many high honors including: 2001 Grand Prize~ Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lenya Competition (judged by Theresa Stratas and Christoph Eschenbach), 4th Place~ 2002 MacAllister Awards, Regional Finalist~ 2003 Met Councils, Finalist~ Eugene Opera’s 2005 Belle Voce Competition, Bundage Award~ 2006 Orpheus Vocal Competition, 3rd place~ 2006 Opera Birmingham Competition, the von Aken Award~ 2006 Mobile Opera’s Palmer-Tensai Competition, 3rd Place~ Shreveport Opera’s Singer of the Year. While earning her Master’s from Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Edith Bers, she was chosen to sing the role of Female Chorus in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia by renowned Maestro Julius Rudel, and the role of Mary Follet in the NYC debut of William Mayer’s A Death in the Family (Cast recording on Albany Records). She has sung summers at the Opera Theater of St. Louis, Bowdoin International and Greenwich Music Festivals. Jennifer is thrilled to have worked closely with Charles Riecker, Warren Jones, Ricki Ian Gordon, Baz Luhrmann, Ben Moore, the Orchestra of St. Lukes, Memphis Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Brian Zeger, Martin Katz, JJ Penna, and Pierre Vallet.
Before singing classically, she sang extensively in the Music Theater repertoire. Mrs. Cooper performed the role of Babe Williams (The Pajama Game) at the Goodspeed Opera House to the approval of its composer, Richard Adler. Other regional credits: George M. (Fay Templeton) at Goodspeed, My Fair Lady (Eliza u/s), A Christmas Carol (Meg), and Joseph… (Narrator Standby)at North Shore Music Theater, Pirates of Penzance (Edith) at Kansas City Rep/Arizona Theater Co., Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene) at Shreveport Opera, and the role of Anna as a Guest Artist in The King and I at Theatre Memphis. Jennifer received her B. M. in Vocal Performance/Music Theater from NYU Steinhardt, playing Julie Jordan (Carousel) and Fiona MacClaren (Brigadoon)… She has sung numerous cabarets at the Firebird Café in NYC, concerts at Carnegie Hall, backup for Patti LuPone, and benefits with Neil Diamond.
Jennifer recently sang Haydn’s Creation with the Middle TN Choral Society, and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul and Faure’s Requiem with the Memphis Symphony. She currently performs in concert and opera across the United States. Please visit JenniferGoodeCooper.com for details.