Michael Leoni has always committed himself to creating and directing original material that can reach beyond the scope of traditional entertainment, challenge an audience’s beliefs, and motivate a movement for positive change. His production of ELEVATOR, L.A.’s smash hit, returns after rave reviews and sold-out audiences. The show garnered the esteemed Los Angeles Times’ Best Bet and Critics’ Pick, as well as earned 11 nominations including Best New Work from Broadway World. Leoni also wrote and directed The Playground (a rock music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids), which continued to run at least once a year for five consecutive years. The Playground is now in development as a feature film. He directed the one-woman show, Listen, Can you Hear Me Now, which was acclaimed at the New York International Fringe Festival and won Best of Fringe at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. NY theatre credits include directing the Off-Broadway production of the NY Fringe hit rock musical, Loud as well as writing and directing Enigma, and Deviants.
Most recent film credits include writing and directing the award-winning feature documentary, American Street Kid – Official Selection and Winner of the People’s Choice Award at The Beloit International Film Festival – Official Selection and Winner of the Social Impact Doc Award at The Hollywood Film Festival and most recently Leoni received the Award of Excellence from the Impact Docs Awards. Other credits include the short films Radford Rd., Deliver Us, Disappear Here, Spare Some Change and Someplace In Between - an Official Selection in the LA Shorts Film Festival. American Street Kid will be released in theaters Fall 2017. Leoni is also the founder of Spare Some Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless youth. Presently he is in production on his new feature film #WhenTodayEnds, and has just completed the writing of his new book "Dare To Be Bad," currently available on Amazon.com.
Lighting & Set Designer
David Goldstein (Lighting & Set Designer) is grateful to be collaborating with his 11:11 family doing what he loves.
Off Broadway: Soul Doctor (Scenic), Stalking the Bogeyman (Scenic), Fabulous The Musical (Lighting), Sweet, Sweet Spirit (Scenic/Lighting).NYMF:Cloned!, Stuck, The Water Dream , Ghostlight (w/Rachel York, Daisy Egan)
Los Angeles: Around the World in 80 Days, Elevator, Playground, Rocky Horror, Boomermania, Its Top Secret! Regional: NC Stage (Stalking the Bogeyman), WV Public Theatre (9to5, Anything Goes, All Shook Up), Allenberry Playhouse (39 Steps, Smokey Joes Café). RLYcore4. www.davidgoldsteindesigns.com
Music & Sound Designer
Mario Marchetti (Music & Sound Designer) is a Los Angeles based record producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. He grew up studying music and was trained in classical piano and guitar. He played in various bands throughout the 90’s, influenced by folk, funk, country, rock, hip-hop, etc. He began engineering, which led to producing and recording some of the greatest rap artists in the Bay Area, including: Digital Underground, Saafir, The Outlawz, E-40, Too Short, and more. He moved to LA in 2003 and began crafting a pop sound for today’s market in which all areas of his musical background fused together.
Mario is currently producing all styles of music in the Top 40 market with no limitations. He’s working with some of today’s most notable artists as well as undiscovered talent he believes in strongly. He co-write and produced JoJo’s hit single “Disaster”. More recently he is known for his work on Demi Lavato’s worldwide, smash-hit “Neon Lights”. He is working with many of the most talented songwriters in the business, creating a roster of upcoming releases. Additional Marchetti collaborations include: Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Fergie, Jordan Knight, Jake Miller, Nick Carter, The Veronica’s, Guy Sebastian, The Rosso Sisters and Pussycat Dolls.
Marchetti is known for bringing a fresh, honest, and larger than life sound to his music. He continues to seek talent and produce records from his recording studio in Los Angeles, CA.
Bio to come...
Linda Michaels (Makeup Designer) has working in the beauty industry for 25+ years. Building most f her career in Chicago, Linda has taught makeup, esthetics and hair styling for Paul Mitchell cosmetology schools for the past 8 years. She started her career working on Brides, Editorial photo shoots, commercials and theater in Chicago. She decided to pursue her dream of working in Theater, Film and TV in Los Angeles and moved here two years ago. "Working with Director Michael Leoni is a pleasure and I am happy to be designing the looks that will enhance and help bring to life these characters. I am grateful for all things creative and beautiful."
Michelle Kaufer (Producer) has been involved with An 11:11 Experience and "ELEVATOR" since their inceptions and is dedicated to the mission of producing media to create positive social change. Her first production with the team was "The Playground", a rock music-infused piece inspired by the lives of homeless kids. Michelle's most recent television and film credits include producing "Wrench Wars" for MavTV, "Turn and Burn" for the Discovery Channel, "Delta Divers" and "Virgin Galactic" for National Geographic, and producing "Deliver Us" and "Radford Rd" for An 11:11 Experience. She just produced the award-winning feature documentary "American Street Kid" which will have its Los Angeles premiere March 2017 at The Hollywood Film Festival and she is currently producing the feature film "#WhenTodayEnds". Michelle is also a co-founder of Spare Some Change, an on-going campaign and social movement to raise awareness for homeless youth (www.sparesomechange.org).
Rebecca Black (Producer) is an award-winning Los Angeles-based producer. She recently co-produced the Obie Award-winning THE WOODSMAN Off-Broadway at New World Stages after two sold out engagements at 59E59 Theaters. Past projects include SPELLBOUND: THE MUSICAL by Ben Boecker and DEBUTANTE. by Ryann Weir. Currently, Rebecca works with Screen Engine, LLC and as Co-Producer for An 11:11 Experience. She also serves as the Managing Director for the award-winning theater company, Strangemen & Co. Rebecca graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a proud Tar Heel, having served on the London, New York and now LA Carolina Alumni Clubs. Upcoming projects include the feature film #WHENTODAYENDS and multiple works in development with Strangemen & Co. In 2015, Rebecca was recognized for her accomplishments in the arts at the New York Carolina Club’s Arts Brunch. @arblack16
Co-Producer & Technical Director
Max Feldman (Co-Producer & Technical Director) is a Los Angeles native who began working in television and film at an early age. With credits varying from Cinematographer to Digital Imaging Technician his work can be seen in films such as "The Little Hours" and "Hunter Gatherer". In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Max is also an accomplished robotics engineer and teacher. Upcoming films include the narrative feature "#WhenTodayEnds".
Kristin Bolinski (Stage Manager) is so excited to be joining the cast and production team of Elevator for its return after such a successful previous run. After growing up in Hawaii, Kristin moved to California to pursue her love of film and theatre, recently graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a BA in Film along with a Theatre minor. While living in Hawaii, Kristin began her theater journey at a local community theater (Maui OnStage) in several productions including RENT, The Producers, and The Wedding Singer. Her most recent work as a freelance Stage Manager includes several shows at the Sierra Madre Playhouse including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Always…Patsy Cline, and Deathtrap (all with Ovation Nominations and multiple wins) as well as several others shows around Los Angeles.