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Meet the Creators of STOMP

Get to know more about the directors that have created STOMP! The dynamic duo of Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas work together to bring audiences like you this unforgettable experience! Read more to learn about the other projects these men have taken part in, and the awards they have earned for their work. STOMP will be coming to State Theatre New Jersey on January 11 and January 12! 
 
Luke Cresswell (director) is a self-taught percussionist from Brighton, England.  His session work as a drummer and rhythm programmer includes Beats International, Bette Midler, Elvis Costello, and Bryan Ferry.  After working for several years as a street musician and performer, he first created STOMP in 1991. He has directed, with Steve McNicholas, several award-winning commercials and short films.  He received an Oscar nomination for the film BROOMS, an Emmy® nomination for STOMP OUT LOUD and co-directed the award winning IMAX movie, PULSE. He has also received a special achievement award from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. More recently, Cresswell co-created the Lost and Found Orchestra and the Vegas production of STOMP OUT LOUD, and also co-directed the 3D IMAX movie WILD OCEAN. Cresswell occasionally performs with STOMP, and is currently conductor of the the Lost and Found Orchestra.
 
Steve McNicholas (director), from Yorkshire, England, has worked as an actor, singer, musician, and writer with various theatrical and musical groups, starting out with the Bradford Theatre Group in 1973.  Through the eighties he worked with Cliff Hanger, Covent Garden Community Theatre, and Pookiesnackenburger. Despite also being an original member of the accapella group - the Flying Pickets and a final appearance in Mr. Bean, McNicholas no longer performs. He shares directorial credits with Luke Cresswell on STOMP-based films and commercials and their new show, the Lost and Found Orchestra. With Cresswell, he composed the soundtrack to the Showtime movie, RIOT, and shares the Oscar® and Emmy® nominations for his work on BROOMS and STOMP OUT LOUD and co-directed the award winning IMAX movie, PULSE. McNicholas also co-created the LFO and co-directed the 3D IMAX movie WILD OCEAN, released worldwide in 2008.

Formatted by Meredith Bennett

Photo © StageTalk Magazine

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