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The Staff

Meet Marie Crisis Team

Randy Taylor

Manager

Randy Taylor is a Bartender and Manager of Marie’s Crisis Café. He has been slinging the drinks and showtunes for over 10 years. Randy, a graduate of USC, is a New York based stage and screen actor who most recently can be a seen in season two of the web series “Merce.” A veteran of musical theatre performance he has performed extensively around the country and even on the high seas. He always wanted to be a pirate!

Joseph O’Neill

Bartender

Joseph O’Neill, a native New Yorker, has been working at Marie’s since 2001,  making him longest working employee there.  In his spare time he peruses his career as an art photographer

Doug Thompson

Bartender

Doug Thompson is an actor, singer, writer, producer – and Marie’s Crisis bartender. Most recently, he adapted/produced an all-star concert of Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire at Joe’s Pub to benefit BCEFA.  Currently, he is adapting the 1976 YA novel A Watcher in the Woods into a stage musical.

 DougThompsonProductions.com

Jamie Westberry

Bartender

​National Tours: The Producers; Gutenberg! The Musical (Chicago Premiere, dir. Alex Timbers); NYC Credits: The Pajama Game (Sid), Waiting For Lefty, Wearing Black. Regional: Les Miserables (Jean Valjean), Oklahoma! (Curly), Lucky Stiff. Jamie has been a part of the Marie’s family for 7 years. Roles include: Doorman, Bartender, and Barback.

Jason Pintar

Barback

Steven Krebuszewski

Barback

Steven is a barback and also fills in in at other roles from time to time

Kyle Motsinger

Barback

Kyle is a barback, host and singing server

Alex Barylski

Pianist

A former lawyer from Sarasota, Florida, Alexander Barylski has been playing at Marie’s Crisis for eight years.  He enjoys exploring obscure corners of the repertoire and getting unusual and surprising requests from patrons.

Brandon James Gwinn

Pianist

BRANDON JAMES GWINN is a composer-lyricist and entertainer. His debut album Not Too Late debuted in 2018. He has written for many award-winning musical theatre and web content projects and also produced and performed on Trixie Mattel’s Two Birds and One Stone (#1 on Billboard charts). MFA from NYU  Proud member of ASPAC, NARAS Grammy Voter, & Dramatists Guild of America. @brandonjamesg www.brandonjamesgwinn.com

James Merillat

Pianist

James fell in love with Marie’s Crisis when he first moved to NYC in 1981. As a pianist, he brings a lot of unrelated experiences to share – writer/composer (Wonderland High), teacher/music director (many organizations around the country), musical theatre licensing (Music Theatre International & Samuel French), actor/performer and private vocal coach. He is thrilled his journeys have brought him into the Marie’s family once more.

Franca Vercelloni

Pianist

Franca Vercelloni’s work as a Marie’s Crisis pianist/entertainer has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, Wall Street Journal, Village Voice, and American Theatre Wing’s “Working in the Theatre” series. As an actor, she has appeared on several regional stages, Off-Broadway, and in film and television. www.francavercelloni.com

Drew Wutke

Pianist

DREW WUTKE (Music Director, General Piano Bar Mischief Maker) has been Sing-Out-Louiseing for decades since growing up in smalltown Kansas. Credits incl: Bway,  offBway, ntnl/intnl tours, regional; NYC cabaret/concert/solo show venues, incl Marie’s Crisis, Duplex, Joe’s Pub/The Public, and 54Below. Resident MD at Jen Waldman Studio. For more credits/info/projects- www.Drewwutke.com

 IG@drewwutke

Kenney Green

Pianist

Kenney is a native of Fresno California who has called New York City his home for over 20 years. Kenney joined the Marie’s staff in October 2008. As an actor and a musician, he has performed in numerous national and international tours, regional theatres, festivals, and concerts. He is an accomplished director and choreographer of many regional productions throughout the United States and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity Association. www.kenneygreen.com

Adam TIlford

Pianist

Adam Tilford is a composer/pianist/musical director and vocal coach in New York City. He has performed/directed at various regional theaters across the country and accompanied at every major cabaret club in Manhattan.  He’s has led piano bar showtunes singalongs at Maries Crisis in NYC as well in Melbourne and Sydney Australia, at Overtures Piano Bar in London and in Central Park as part of Darren Criss’ Elsie Fest. He is also an educator directing/accompanying/organizing at multiple schools and independent theatre groups throughout New York State.

Michael James Roy

Pianist

Michael James Roy has been performing at Marie’s Crisis in NYC for the past 13 years. He also arranges and orchestrates for cabaret artists in NY, LA and Caribbean Cruise Lines. Besides music, Michael has also volunteered for a non-profit development/leadership organization, The New Hampshire Teen Institute, since 1997.

Dan Daly

Pianist 

Dan Daly is your Sunday night pianist. Dan also plays at the Monster piano bar and makes numerous summer appearances on Fire Island.

Michael Sigillito

Singing Server

Michael is also a barback and host

Dayna Grayber

Singing Server

National Tours: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Producers. Off-Broadway: The Little Match Girl (St. Luke’s Theater), Perfect Wedding. Other NYC Credits: Lincoln Center, Gallery Players, The Snapple Theater, NYMF, M.M. from NYU. Dayna’s been working at Marie’s Crisis for 6 years as a singing “songstress”. Love to the world.

Yvette Clark

Singing Server

​Yvette Monique Clark has performed in her cabaret, “Let’s Give Em Something To Talk About”, to sold out audiences, Gun and Powder, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Smokey Joe’s Café, and The Wiz. But when she’s not on the road you can find her singing and slinging cocktails at Marie’s Crisis Café.

www.yvettemoniqueclark.com

Jennifer Pace

Singing Server

Jennifer Pace is an actress and singer who has performed in numerous venues. She can be found in cabaret/piano bar scene weekly and most recently appeared as Pattie in Smokey Joe’s Cafe as well as performing in Mexico at the Hard Rock Resort. A graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, Ms. Pace comes from a family of professional musicians clarinet great, Sal Pace and 
she has 2 albums of standards recorded with her father, Gary Pace. 

Maddie McClouskey

Singing Server

Maddie McClouskey is a performer, writer, and singing server at Marie’s Crisis! Credits: THE ROVER (Random Access Theatre); OEDIPUS, BUT BETTER (Modern Shakespeare Project); WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND? (The Resister Project). Bylines: Everyday Feminism, NewMusicalTheatre, Everything Sondheim, and more. She also performs improv and storytelling in basements throughout the city.

Whitney Gentile

Singing Server

Whitney wandered into this beloved basement her first week in the city back in 2008, when she moved here from Texas. A singer, actress, and certified sommelier, she attended the University of North Texas with a focus on musical theatre. A few favorite roles include Lucy in ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’, Chava in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, and Nellie in ‘South Pacific’. Whitney is thrilled to be joining her Marie’s family in her official capacity as singing server and high-note pinch hitter.

Tyler Kent

Singing Server

Tyler is a cabaret singer, classical actor, voiceover actor, showtunes lover, and general mischief maker.

Lauren Gunn

Singing Server

Lauren is also one of our hosts

Dom Giovanni

Singing Server

Dom Giovanni is thrilled to be joining the zany cast of Marie’s Crisis as hostess with the mostess. His most recent credit includes the world premier of Come out! Come out! and is most proud of his off Broadway debut in Gemini playing Herschel. He was a principal dancer with The Pillow Project as well. He continues so sing, dance and peruse his dream of general merry making. You can follow him on Instagram @thedomgiovanni or check out his website  www.thedomgiovanni.com

Brian Torpey

Host

After over a decade as a regular customer, Brian is honored to now be a part of the Marie’s Crisis team!

Brooke Perkins

Host

After a long career as a Marie’s customer, Brooke is now one of our hosts

Emily Joyce

Host

Since graduating from Smith College Emily has worked in theatrical production at BAM, Atlantic Theatre Company, NYTW, The Public, and Skirball Center, among others.

Sean Mannix

Host

Josh Miller

Host

Josh is one of our hosts and also barbacks

Tolo Bickford

Host

Tolo is one of our hosts and barbacks

Lester Padilla

Host

Lester is one of our hosts

Sean Goering

Host

You will see Sean at the door from time to time as one of our hosts

Christine Taylor

Host

Christine is one of our hosts

JD Smurthwaite

​​Guest Pianist

JD is a guest pianist at Marie’s and other piano bars around NYC

Chris Blacker

Guest Pianist

Marie’s is happy to welcome Chris back to the team!

Mark Oleszko

Guest Pianist

Mark Oleszko is a pianist, composer, singer, and educator. His performances have ranged from many stages including most notably the Brooklyn Academy of Music for World Pride 2019, 54 Below, and The Green Room 42 for a concert staging of his original musical, #LoveStory. Mark is also a drag artist under the alias Lyra Vega, and can found performing at various bars and clubs weekly. Find him and her at @markoleszko and @itslyravega on Instagram, as well as @thedragpianist on TikTok!

Dan Pardo

Guest Pianist

Dan plays piano at Townhouse and The Duplex in addition to joining us at Marie’s

Charlie Romano

Guest Pianist

Charlie Romano is an Italian/Latin-American Composer of Musical Theatre and Film. He is passionate about telling untold stories and bringing all kinds of people together, whether it be through music, theatre, or pizza parties for family and friends.

Michael Lepore

Guest Pianist

Miles Mandewelle

Guest Pianist

Experienced pianist, writer, performer & service with a smirk and a nod.

Danny Bernstein

Guest Pianist

Sarah Glassman

Guest Pianist

Sarah also plays at the Duplex and Brandy’s

Elijah Caldwell

Guest Pianist

Elijah is an actor, singer and musician

We Remember

the beloved staff members who are no longer with us

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Bruce Kirle
1948-2007

Pianist

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Chris Morrison

1959-2015

Bartender

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Jim Allen

1966-2018

Pianist

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Marc Castelli

1969-2020

Singing Server