Founder, Artistic director
Broadway credits include Gypsy, Assassins, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 13: The Musical, and Everyday Rapture. He recently choreographed Siebert and Lundquist's concert performance of Swan Lake the Musical, an aerial-dance Game of Thrones piece for Broadway Bares, and Michael Arden's production of Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Theater in Beverly Hills. His Grind Arts director/choreographer credits include Cyrano at FringeNYC, The Last Five Years, Color + Light, Sweeney Todd, and the upcoming virtual reality piece Sinnerman. He graduated Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology, a Certificate in Theater, and multiple awards for his senior thesis: Hero, an aerial-dance ethnographic musical about the Vietnam War.
Co-Founder, Executive Director
TV/Film credits include Zach on CBS’s The Good Wife, as well as starring in Goats opposite David Duchovny, Lorne Michaels' Staten Island Summer, and the recently released Netflix Original XOXO. He starred in 13: The Musical on Broadway and played the title role in The Little Prince at Lincoln Center, during the auditions for which he and Eamon Foley met before going on to work together on 13. Grind Arts credits include Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Jamie in The Last Five Years, and director of cinematography and editing for Color + Light. Graham attended Princeton University where he majored in History.
Sophie was a dramaturge for Susan Marshall & Co.'s Two Person Operating System, at the NYU Institute of Fine Arts. Sophie co-directed and choreographed Beast, a Grind Arts music video for Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth, released in January. She is the associate director and co-choreographer of Pin* and the Blue Fairy, a play in development that has had workshops at Dixon Place and the Drama League. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University where she majored in History and received the Frances LeMoyne Page Prize for the creative arts.
Chief financial officer
Mike currently works as a financial consultant at KBB Partners in New York City. He began his career as an investment banking analyst at Barclays. He then served as a private equity associate at Flexpoint Ford. Mike graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics.
CHief marketing officer
Katie Birenboim is a NYC-based actor and writer. She was most recently seen as Marie Fischer in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of Fiorello!. Her regional theatre credits include Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) and A Little Night Music (Ensemble, u/s Anne Egerman) with Berkshire Theatre Group as well as 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer) and Babes in Arms (Dolores Reynolds) with College Light Opera Company. Her one act play was performed in May 2015 in NYC as part of a performance art piece entitled "Earshot." Katie met the rest of the Grind Arts team at Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude in June 2016 with a degree in English and a certificate in Theatre.
Derek Christopher Murphy is an actor and writer currently residing in New York City. He was most recently seen as “Blue” in Atlantic Theater Company’s critically acclaimed production of 1001 Nights written by EGOT winner Bobbly Lopez. Selected NYC Theater: Adam Rapp’s Wolf In The River (The Flea), Fuerza Bruta (The Daryl Roth Theatre), and Urinetown (The John Cullum Theatre). Derek graduated from Princeton University in 2015 with a BA in English and a Certificate in Theater. He is excited to join his old friend, Eamon, and the entire Grind Team in their mission to create groundbreaking, innovative art.
Michael made his Broadway debut as Tom Sawyer in Big River while studying Drama at Julliard. He went on to star in Twyla Tharp’s 'The Time’s They Are A Changing' on Broadway, Bare and Swimming in the Shallows off-Broadway, and tour Europe opposite Barbara Streisand. Other starring credits include Pippin, Ace, Aspects of Love, Songs for a New World, Harold and Maude, and A Winter’s Tale. Michael was recently nominated for a Tony for his Broadway directing debut of the ground-breaking Spring Awakening revival, after writing and directing an adaption of La Ronde.
Avneesh Sarwate is a music technologist, software engineer, and musician specializing in musical interaction design. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Computer Science, and is an alumnus of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra. His published research focuses on musical performance and improvisation.
Broadway credits include Patrice in 13: The Musical and Kim in Bye Bye Birdie. TV/Film credits include 30 Rock, Private Practice, and Prom. She recently played Hannah Campbell in the regional production of Allegiance before making her concert debuts at Lincoln Center and Studio 54 Below. Allie graduated Stanford University with a degree in Psychology.
Melanie (dj pennywild) wildmaN
Theater Credits include the international tour of West Side Story before changing career paths towards music production. Melanie was a guest choreographer for BodyHype Dance Company, a Princeton University dance group, and continues to choreograph and direct her own dance concept films. She now DJs and dances for Todrick Hall’s tour: Todlerz Ball.
Trent won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of the title role in Billy Elliot. Trent dances and choreographs with BodyHype Dance Company, often to music that he creates himself. He is an internationally recognized Irish step and tap dancer, currently dancing with Darrah Carr’s company ModERIN. Trent danced the role of Jamie in The Last Five Years opposite Graham Phillips, and played Skinnard in the premiere of Hero. Trent graduated Princeton University with a BA in Neuroscience.
Andrew Barret Cox
Andrew has found success as a performer in the Los Angeles, New York and Boston music, theatre and film/television scenes with his original music and choreography. Since 2007 he has been composing in various genres of rock, metal, pop, electro pop, EDM, country, and orchestral. He received his BA in audio post production and visual media arts from Emerson College, focusing on music production. In 2012, he joined the cast of Tony award winner Diane Paulus's "The Donkey Show" at The American Repertory Theatre's Club Oberon in the heart of Harvard Square, the same venue where he later premiered his original immersive nightlife experience "Clubland", as well as his original score for Mark Mauriello's "Oscar: At The Crown".