Team:

SUZANNE CAHILL, PRESIDENT

SUZANNE CAHILL is the President and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Theater. A media executive and entrepreneur, Suzanne has been responsible for the development and execution of a number of successful magazine publications, books, websites and mobile applications.

Suzanne received her B.S. in Philosophy from Sacred Heart University and has received many business awards including: The Business Times 40 under 40, The Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, Network of Executive Women Noteworthy Women Award, and Min Magazine’s Hottest Magazine Launch. In addition Suzanne holds two citations from the State of Connecticut for Business Expertise and Community Development.

Contact Suzanne for business development, partnerships and sponsorship opportunities. 203.283.5290

BILLY BLANKS JR., ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

BILLY BLANKS, JR. gained much exposure and experience in the world of professional dance and entertainment at a young age. As Billy’s notoriety grew, he earned roles as a dancer in music videos with Paula Abdul, Madonna, Crystal Method, Quincy Jones, and Babyface.

His credits also include TV appearances on American Dreams with Alicia Keys, The Practice, Sister Sister, Kids Incorporated, Homeboys From Outer Space, My Cousin Skeeter, and The Tonight Show. Billy starred as Tyrone Jackson in the US and Europe touring company of the Broadway musical Fame. Billy went on to direct and choreograph the WeSparkle Take II Celebrity Concert with Tom Hanks, Jason Alexander, Brian Cranston, Joey Lawrence, Britney Spears, Michael Chiklis, Hal Sparks, the cast of Will & Grace, and more. He also choreographed the end sequence for the movie I Hope You Dance.

Featured on the TV show, Shark Tank, Billy’s  Dance It Out® (DIO®) became the fastest growing fitness based dance program in America. Billy comes from a fitness family, his father is Tae Bo® creator Billy Blanks, and has twenty plus years in the field.  In October 2015, Billy launched the MoveTube Network where he produces and directs feel good workouts, motivational content, and other inspirational videos featuring today’s hottest dancers and celebrities.

He is the proud dad of his son, Elijah.

Contact Billy for bookings, programming and auditions.  203.283.5290

 

Advisory Board:

DAVID BASSUK

DAVID BASSUK is a Professor of Theatre Arts and Dean Emeritus of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film at State University of New York, Purchase College. 

A theatre director of many productions, including the world premiere musical Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Chaim Potok’s Off-Broadway The Chosen with Rob Morrow and George Hearn, and “American Camera” produced at Lincoln Center. Formerly on the artistic staffs of Lincoln Center Theater, American Place Theater, and as Artistic Director at Novel Stages & Arcadia Shakespeare Festival in Philadelphia and co-Artistic director of Ark Theatre in Los Angeles. 

David directed and produced the first plays written by Nadine Gordimer, Richard Sennett and Chaim Potok. He is a playwright of new adaptations of William Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury and Jack Kerouac’s Visions of Cody. 

David received his M.F.A. in Directing from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in Culture and Society from Purchase College.

RAY COOKE

RAY COOKE is a principal owner of UTOPIA, TicketPro and Cooke Real Estate all located in Norwalk, Connecticut. He currently serves as the National Treasurer of the National Association of Ticket Brokers. Trustee of The Norwalk Seaport Association. Past President of the Norwalk Exchange Club. Past Chairman of Board of Directors of the Norwalk YMCA. He is a member of the following local organizations, American Legion Post #12, Eagles #588, Ferris Hill Club, Laurels Athletic Club, Monker Grotto, Norwalk Republican Town Committee, Pastime Athletic Club, Pyramid Shriners, Rittenhouse Chapter No. 11, R.A.M., Scottish Rite Lafayette Consistory, South Norwalk Boat Club, St. Ann’s Club, St. Johns #6 A.F. & A.M., Tall Cedats of Lebanon, Trinity Commandery No.3 Knights Templar, Washington Council No. 6, R. & S.M

BRANDON LACOFF

BRANDON LACOFF is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Belpointe, a Greenwich, Connecticut headquartered investment firm. Belpointe owns and operates a number of investment properties and businesses throughout the region including Belpointe Asset Management, a financial asset management firm that manages over $250 million assets under management, and Belpointe Capital, a real estate investment firm that invests and develops large multifamily communities in the northeast. Prior to Belpointe, Brandon began his career in finance/accounting at Arthur Andersen, LLP then with Ernst & Young, LLP. Soon after, in 2001, he co-founded Belray and eventually left Ernst & Young in 2004 to focus on investments for Belpointe full-time. He has served on the board of multiple non-profit organizations, such as: The Belpointe Foundation, Greenwich Wiffle for the Greenwich Police Silver Shield Association, Youth Services for the Town of Greenwich (joint venture between Town of Greenwich and United Way of Greenwich), and Eagle Hill School Alumni Board. Brandon holds a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law and a Masters of Business Administration from Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business, and a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management.

JACKIE LIGHTFIELD

JACKIE LIGHTFIELD is Executive Director of The Stamford Partnership and the co-founder and Chief Problem Solver of Norwalk 2.0, a creative economy economic development agency. She has been leading a renaissance of downtown Norwalk by tapping into innovative public art and entrepreneur development. She has served as Chairman of the Norwalk Zoning Commission, Chairman of the Norwalk Arts Commission, Chairman of the Norwalk Aquifer Protection Agency in addition to being an advisor to the Norwalk Preservation Trust and Norwalk Historical Society. Her award-winning career spans serial entrepreneur adventures in the areas of design, marketing, communication, product design and community development.

SHELLEY LYFORD

KAROL MARTESKO

KAROL MARTESKO is an Austrian-born American entrepreneur and media industry innovator with broad motion picture, publishing, event, broadcast, and Internet backgrounds and his career spans over two decades including leadership in the American independent film industry. Karol is a Managing Partner of Cinelan and Thought Engine | Media Group and collaborates closely with Abramorama and Gull Gotham. He has produced over 25 television and satellite broadcast music programs and he co-founded FILMMAKER Magazine, RES Magazine, and the media content enterprises indiewire.com, conditionone.com and cinelan.com. He received a B.A. from SUNY Purchase and an M.F.A. from Columbia University with a concentration in entertainment law, theater management and film production.

MICHELLE PARENTE

KENNETH TIGAR

KENNETH TIGARs credits span the distance from Barney Miller and the Lethal Weapon movies to The Good Wife and The Avengers. He can be seen on both the Amazon series Alpha House with John Goodman and the Netflix series House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. Kenneth has acted extensively in New York and regional theatres, performing Salieri in Amadeus, Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman, and Joe Keller in All My Sons, amongst others. He has performed Old Wicked Songs in Vienna, Santa Barbara, Sarasota and Lake George; won a Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award, two Dramalogue Awards, and South Florida’s Carbonell Award. He appeared across the country in his one-man show I Must Be Mr. Boswell about the biographer of Dr. Johnson. He directed the national tour of The Gin Game with Academy Award winner Kim Hunter and is also an accomplished opera director. His translations of Brecht and Wedekind have been performed from Boston to Los Angeles. In 2015 he is appearing on Broadway in Larry David’s smash comedy hit Fish in the Dark. In his “spare” time, Ken also earned his PhD in German Literature from Harvard.