With The Full Monty, Choreographer Freddy Ramirez and Music Director Josh D. Smith become associate artists at Capital Repertory Theatre
Both longtime collaborators are “essential” to theREP says
Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill
ALBANY, N.Y.—JULY 23, 2019—With the critically-acclaimed The Full Monty at Capital Repertory Theatre, Choreographer Freddy Ramirez and Music Director Josh D. Smith have been named associate artists with the downtown Albany stage.
“Freddy and Josh are essential to what we do here,” says Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. “As collaborators we have a creative synergy that doesn’t come along very often.”
Ramirez and Smith join actors Kevin McGuire and Yvonne Perry on the select roster of the company’s associates. Both have worked on multiple shows, creating a truly distinctive style of sound and movement for the theatre, with their individual and collective work touching dramas as well as musicals.
Ramirez, Bronx-born, began dancing at Broadway Dance Center and STEPS on Broadway in Manhattan before becoming a principal dancer for In Forward Motion, which debuted works from Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Colin Connor and others. He has performed on Broadway and on tour throughout the United States and Europe.
Locally, Ramirez has taught at Myers Ballet School, Union College and the School of the Performing Arts at Proctors.
Now living in Troy, he has choreographed A Christmas Story—The Musical; Camelot; Gypsy; Mamma Mia! Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly; Naked Influence; She Loves Me; and The Secret Garden for theREP.
Smith, a Syracuse native, also has a long history with theREP, having served, often alongside Ramirez, as musical director (and frequent actor) for titles including Camelot, Gypsy, Mamma Mia! Bennet, She Loves Me, Garden and Ring of Fire.
He is a popular arranger on the New York cabaret scene, creating charts for artists at The Green Room 42, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and the prestigious Feinstein’s/54 Below (where he has performed his own sold out show).
Capital Region audiences know Smith from his stint as resident musical director at Mac Haydn Theatre in Chatham, but he has worked extensively from Arizona to Maine. In addition to his work at theREP, Smith is currently artistic director for the ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival in Woodstock, Vt.
For the past few years, Mancinelli-Cahill has joined Smith—a member of Actors’ Equity and the American Federation of Musicians Local 802—to launch the season at ArtisTree, reprising popular titles from theREP’s history, including Always, Patsy Cline and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. This summer, the duo will team up again for Souvenir, running Aug. 29–Sept. 14 at the Grange Theatre.
An album of Smith’s arrangements will be released on Broadway Records this spring.
“Our associate artists guide us and inspire us,” says Mancinelli-Cahill. “They all are an important addition to our artistic family, and help us to refine our identity and create and maintain the kind of work that makes theREP, as the region’s only professional theatre, unique.”