thursday in the park
“Thursday in the Park” is STAGE’s half-hour original reality series that follows the 60-year-old tradition of the Broadway Show League. Every Thursday in Spring and Summer, softball teams representing Broadway shows and other related organizations in the Broadway community engage in some friendly (and not so friendly!) competition on the Heckscher ball fields in Central Park. Follow three performers – John Arthur Greene from “School of Rock,” Roddy Kennedy from “Hamilton” and Justine Salata from the Actors’ Equity Association – on and off the field, in their personal and professional lives during the 2018 season.
STARRING: John Arthur Greene (“School of Rock”), Roddy Kennedy (“Hamilton”) and Justin Salata (Actors’ Equity Association)
PRODUCED BY: The STAGE Network
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jennifer Dumas, Kimberley Travis, Tom Wiggin
CREATED BY: Kimberley Travis
DIRECTED BY: Markus Potter
John Arthur Green will complete his 2-year run starring as Theo - the lead singer of “No Vacancy” in School of Rock (Broadway) on July 30th, 2018.
Upcoming is the Pre-Broadway run of Tootsie the Musical in Chicago this fall.
Some other credits include American Idol Season 15 - Farewell Season (Featured Artist), Riff in West Side Story (Broadway); Doctor, U/S Mr. Wormwood in Matilda (Broadway); Robert Mullins in Peter Pan Live (NBC); Luke in Mim (Off-Broadway); Freddie in Chess (NCT); Roger in Rent (Casa Mañana); Jonathan in Tick Tick Boom… (LA); Action in West Side Story (50th Anniversary European Tour); Jack Kelly in Newsies (Maltz Jupiter); Riff in West Side Story (Boston Pops Symphony); Danny in Grease (NCT - BroadwayWorld. com Award For Best Actor In A Musical) just to name a few. JAG performs his solo music all over the world, most recently performing “Gethsemane” for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New York Times Talk and “Jailhouse Rock” for Mike Stoller’s 80th Birthday Celebration. JAG’s Singles “March On!”, “Hold Onto Me”, “Easy”, “Brooklyn”, “Takes Me Back” & his Debut EP “Shadows Of Light” are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube under his own record label JAG Records. The music videos for “March On!”, “Easy”, & “Creep” are available on YouTube. Special thanks to God, Mama, Papa, Thomas, Nancy, The Whole TITP Team and Emma & Sherlock.
Roddy Kennedy stars in STAGE’s Thursday in the Park, playing on the Hamilton team.
Roddy is continuing on his second-year journey with Hamilton: An American musical (Broadway debut, swing, Assistant Dance Captain), and stars in the award winning and critically acclaimed independent movie musical “Waiting in the Wings” and “Still Waiting,” written, produced and starring Jeffrey Johns, with cameos from Chita Rivera, Shirley Jones, Sally Struthers, Lee Meriwether and more.
His other credits include:
Tours: In the Heights (Graffiti Pete, D.C), FAME in China (Joe Vega u/s, D.C), GREASE in Istanbul, Turkey (Sonny, D.C), 1st National The Pajama Game (steam heat dancer), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Naphtaly)and Arthur LIVE (Buster the Bunny).
Regional: West Side Story 50th anniversary (Fight Captain- 5th Ave), Saturday Night Fever (Duet Feature, Pete - Arvada Center), All’s Well That Ends Well (Borachio- PCPA) and Beauty and the Beast (Lefou - PCPA).
He has traveled the world in touring companies via a short dance contract with Royal Caribbean in the Mediterranean on Splendor of the Seas.
As an aspiring Director/Choreographer, Roddy has also been working with various artist, directors, choreographers and organizations in New York to bring new works to life through organizations such as the Bring About, Leg Up on Life, BC BEAT, DANCE BREAK, Inwood Art Works and Thrulines. He also teaches for numerous studios across the country. He is a proud Teacher Alumni for the nonprofit Dance Project of Washington Heights and ReVolucion Latina.
Justine Salata stars in STAGE’s Thursday in the Park, playing on the Actor’s Equity Association team.
Her stage credits include: New York: She Stoops to Conquer (TACT); Lovers (TACT); As You Like It (NYSF, dir. Daniel Sullivan); Ghosts (Extant Arts Company, dir. Sophie Hunter); Richard III (New York Classical Theatre). Regional: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (The Rep, nominated for a St. Louis Critic’s Circle Award), Tribes (Barrington Stage Company); 4000 Miles (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Peter and the Starcatcher (Pioneer Theatre Company, Victoria Theatre Association); Papermaker (Portland Stage Company, World Premiere). Film: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby; Paper Dreams, Drown. TV: Inside Amy Schumer (Season 1 “Compliments,” Season 2 “The Gab”); Orange is the New Black; Royal Pains; Alpha House; Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Justine is also a voice over actor with national commercials running on television and radio.
She is a native New Yorker and has a lil dog named Toby.