The Different Stages Team
Joel Froomkin, Artistic Director and Designer
All productions at Different Stages Theater are currently created and directed by Joel Froomkin, Artistic Director. Joel won the 2006 award for Outstanding Director at the New York Fringe Festival. Recently he staged The Tempest starring Anthony Stewart Head of ‘Buffy’ and ‘Merlin’. He has a great deal of experience writing and creating concert events having assisted Scott Siegel for over two years on his Broadway By the Year Series at New York’s Town Hall. He also directed two events at Town Hall: Broadway By the Year 1928 starring Max Von Essen, Tony-winner Bob Martin, Nancy Anderson, Leah Hocking and Eddie Korbich; and the Broadway Rising Stars of 2007. He directed Kathie Lee Gifford in Rupert Holmes “Thumbs” at the Cape Playhouse and worked again with Mr. Holmes developing his new musical “Dorian” starring Tom Hewitt. Joel directed Judy Kuhn and ‘The Nanny’ star Charles Shaugnessy in “The Unexpected Man” for the Bermuda Festival. He directed Alan Tudyk and Molly Ringwald in the workshop production of ‘White’s Lies’. As an assistant director, Joel has worked at Northshore and Papermill Playhouse numerous times. He was the assistant director on Encores Tenderloin (Walter Bobbie), David Zippel’s Lincoln Center songbook starring Barbara Cook, and the West End production of “Delicate Balance” starring Eileen Atkins and Maggie Smith.
Joel has been fortunate enough to work with Sandy Duncan, Kathie Lee Gifford, Molly Ringwald, Maggie Smith, Eileen Atkins, Alan Tudyk, Rupert Holmes, Judy Kuhn, Mark Kudisch, Bob Martin, Beth Leveal, Mary Testa, Nancy Opel, Carolee Carmello, Brad Oscar, Barbara Walsh, Tom Hewitt, Barbara Cook, David Zippel, Manoel Felciano, Mark Jacoby, Alex Gemignani, Bryan Batt, Charles Shaughessy, Stephen Bogardus, Max Von Essen, David Pitu, John Cariani, Patrick Wilson, Walter Bobbie, Barry Bostwick, Ashley Brown, Barbara Cook, Carol Channing, Stephanie J. Block, Sheryl Kaller, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Liz Calloway, Christopher Gattelli, Rob Ashford, Jeffrey Denman, Nancy Anderson, Brent Barret, Barett Foa, Eddie Korbich, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Patrick Paige, David Garrison, Karen Mason, Catherine Cox, Malcolm Gets, Chad Kimball, Anna Clumsky, John Treacy Egan, Christiane Noll, Leah Hocking, Bob Cuccioli, Kaitlin Hopkins, Jennifer Hope Wills and many others.
Rich Najuch, Executive Producer, Musical Supervisor
Richard Najuch is the co-owner of The New Huntington Theater and has worked as lead producer at the theater since it’s opening. Over the past seven years he has been involved at various times as a board member with the Huntington Downtown Business Association, the Main Street Huntington Association, the Huntington County Visitors and Convention Bureau, and a founding member of the Huntington Arts Initiative who spearhead the yearly fire hydrant painting exhibit. Rich attended The Catholic University of America's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the American Musical Dramatic Academy in New York City.