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Opening Doors Theatre Company is a New York City-based, non-profit performing arts ensemble committed to developing an eclectic mix of programming through the artistic collaboration of performers as well as playwrights, composers, directors and designers, and providing opportunities for new talent to be seen and heard.

ODTC was created and formed in 2006 by Suzanne Adams.  Hector Coris and Eric Martin are also founding members.  Suzanne currently serves as ODTC’s Artistic Director and she co-created the acclaimed Closing Notice® Series with Associate Artistic Director, Hector Coris.

 
       
  ARTISTIC STAFF    
  Suzanne Adams
SUZANNE ADAMS (Artistic and Managing Director) is the creator and a founding member of Opening Doors Theatre Company.  Most recently, with the Opening Doors’ Closing Notice® Series, she directed the delightful and well-received Flora, the Red Menace and will serve as Producer for the highly anticipated The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public.  Also with the Closing Notice® Series, she produced the critically acclaimed and MAC Award-nominated Bring Back Birdie.  Suzanne recently directed Imagining Brad at the Times Square Arts Center and produced and starred in the popular This Isn’t Your Mama’s Musical Theater in 2002 and 2004. 

As a performer, Suzanne has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some of Broadway's most exciting composers, writers and performers.  Coming soon she will be in The View from Here (Fern) and a lead player in the world premier of The Mumblings, both with Little Hibiscus Productions.  Recently she juggled roles in It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman! (Sydney) with the Opening Doors’ Closing Notice® Series, plus Crimes of the Heart (Meg) and Agnes of God (Agnes) with the Matthew Corozine Players.  She had a blast being in the award winning riot-fest, What's Your Problem?! (written by Hector Coris) and was honored in Montreal, where it won awards for Best Musical and Best Ensemble Performance in the 2006 Harvest LGBT International Theatre Festival.  She recorded her demo CD at RPM Studios, produced by Jeffrey Lesser with musical direction by Georgia Stitt.  NYC credits include Malcolm Epstein: The Musical (by David Austin), Believe in Me...A Bigfoot Musical (by Michael Holland, NYC Fringe Festival), a workshop for Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich at Ars Nova, The Songs of Georgia Stitt at The Duplex, and she was a featured soloist in the sold out Jason Robert Brown concert at Cooper Union.  She was the Narrator cover for the National tour of Joseph with Brian Lane Green.  Regional credits include Sunday in the Park with George (Dot), Songs for a New World (Woman 1), Show Boat (Magnolia), Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman), Lucky Stiff (Annabel Glick), Hello, Dolly! (Irene Molloy), Lend Me a Tenor (Diana), Into the Woods (Rapunzel & Witch Cover) and she won a CT Critic's Award for "Best supporting Actress in a Musical" for her work in A Little Night Music (Anne). For more info visit: www.SuzanneAdams.com.

       
  Hector Coris

HECTOR CORIS (Associate Artistic Director and Marketing Director) is an award-winning lyricist and songwriter whose recent musical revue, What's The Point?! played a smash seven week run in NYC (soon to return Fall 2008). Hector's 2005 revue, What’s Your Problem? (written with composer Paul L. Johnson), garnered critical acclaim and enjoyed a nearly two-year run in New York City. The show was performed in Montreal where it won awards for Best Musical and Best Ensemble Performance in the 2006 Harvest LGBT International Theatre Festival. What’s Your Problem? also won awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Performance (Male) in a Musical at the 2005 Fresh Fruit Festival in NYC. Hector had the plesure of directing Opening Doors' inaugural show in the “Closing Notice®” concert series, Bring Back Birdie to resounding acclaim and a MAC Award Nomination. This June, he will be directing The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public for ODTC.

As a producer, Hector has mounted his debut cabaret revue, Not Me, and What’s Your Problem? as well as co-producing many productions at Brooklyn Family Theatre and several other revues. As a director, his credits include Barnum (Brooklyn Family Theatre), Under the Influence (Don’t Tell Mama) and he musical directed Cyndi Freedman’s Inside Cherry Pitz, which recently was featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He also produced ODTC's smash production of Whoop Up in July 2007.

As a performer, Hector has appeared in numerous musical productions in New York and other cities, including his own musical revues. Most notably, he's appeared in Rick Crom’s MAC and BISTRO Award-winning revue Our Life & Times, Rene Foss’ Around The World in a Bad Mood, several productions at Brooklyn Family Theatre (including Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, The Wiz and Snoopy The Musical) and countless cabaret and comedy shows in New York City. Television: “Saturday Night Live.”

He currently works in Marketing at the Tony® Award-winning Off-Broadway institution, Second Stage Theatre, is a member of Vocal Ease – an organization that brings live entertainment to hospitals and other institutions – and is on the Board of Directors of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC). In 2006, Hector received the Jeff Matson Award for his outstanding contributions to cabaret in NYC. For more info, visit www.HectorCoris.com

       
  Eric Martin

ERIC MARTIN (Production Manager) produced his acclaimed solo cabaret debut show, Say What?!, which earned the recognition from Cabaret Hotline as one of the top debut cabaret shows of 2005. He spent a season working with the producers of Broadway’s Chicago and Rent, coordinating their Education programs and was co-producer for Live from New York..., a concert of material from the worlds of Broadway, Pop, Country and Jazz.

As a performer, Eric has been seen on stages across the US, Canada, and Japan. On the Broadway stage in the education programs for the musicals Chicago, Seussical The Musical and Rent and in the title role of the off-Broadway production of STREAKIN'!, he most recently has been seen on the cabaret stage in his acclaimed solo debut show, Say What?!, What’s Your Problem?, and This Isn’t Your Mama’s Musical Theater Favorite roles include Huck Finn (Big River), Bud Frump (How to Succeed in Business…), Matt (The Fantasticks), and Sergius (Arms and the Man). Television credits include "The View."

       
  COMPANY MEMBERS    
  CHRISTINE SCHWALENBERG (Consultant)
  RAY BAILEY, STEVEN J. BEDNASZ, BRYCE BERMINGHAM, DESIREE DAVAR, ALISON RENEE FOSTER, BLAYNE LEVIN, SARAH LILLEY, MICHELLE SOLOMON, ROB VENTRE
   
       
  Initial Directors: Suzanne Adams, Hector Coris, Eric Martin
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