While still a film student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., Kevin and his wife, Khaliel, founded The Young People’s Theatre. So, theatre has always been his passion. Kevin worked in advertising as a creative director at Ogilvy and Mather in New York City for nineteen years. One of his favorite advertising campaigns that he wrote and produced for American Express included video portraits of Paul Newman and Meryl Streep that ran on the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards.
Kevin collaborated with Michael McLean on a musical called “The Ark,” which was selected for inclusion in the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz and later developed at the Festival of New Musicals sponsored by the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. As a result of the festival, Village Theatre in Issaquah, WA, further developed the show culminating in production of “The Ark” off-Broadway in the fall of 2006. Kelly currently teaches advertising as an associate professor in the Department of Communications at Brigham Young University.
David Nanto is a member of the Dramatists Guild and has been an active supporter of local theater outside of Boston as both a producer and director. He started crafting Much Ado About Love during an expat assignment to Tokyo where he was looking for a creative theatre outlet. Over a three year period, he researched Shakespeare and developed the final script.
David is a corporate strategist with over 20 years experience in international business strategy and corporate venture investing. He currently works for NEC Corporation and is focused on corporate transformation, mergers/acquisitions, and turnaround strategies. He provides internal management consulting to NEC's operating Presidents in the US, Europe, and Japan. He resides in Littleton, MA with his family.
David is the recipient of the 2014 EMACT DASH (Distinguished Achievement and Special Honors) Award for Excellence in Conceptual Creativity and Execution for the Premier production of Much Ado About Love.
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