WINDYWOO AND HER NAUGHTY NAUGHTY PETS is set in Tribeca, a downtown neighborhood of New York City and tells the story of a group of pets that live in a small, dilapidated building, with a girl named Windywoo.
Windywoo and her beloved big fluffy orange cat, Kiefer, are devastated to learn that the building, where they reside, is being sold to a high-rolling, New York real estate developer, Jeff Hudson. Their historic Tribeca neighborhood is changing, and Hector, the building owner, wants them out so he can retire to the tropical island of his dreams, Boca Chica.
But when the eccentric Jeff Hudson, is suddenly smitten with Kiefer the cat, will the power of the human heart save the day? Windywoo is faced with a difficult choice to keep her family together, and learns that a home isn't as important as having that special someone to come home to.
WINDYWOO AND HER NAUGHTY NAUGHTY PETS delivers a message of human kindness, love of pets, and the importance of families of all kinds. This delightful story will appeal to audiences of all ages, with real world situations, infectious songs and irreverent humor.
Wendy ANN Gardner - Creator
An artist originally from Toronto, Canada, Wendy began her career as a painter. She studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design and moved to New York City to work as an illustrator.
Wendy Ann Gardner loves dogs, cats, chickens and pets of all kind. One day she met a French Bulldog which inspired her to create the Vicious French Bulldog plush toy and the Naughty Naughty Pets were born..
In 1997 she formed her company, SCARY STORIES INC. She began selling Dig Ivan Dig and all the other characters in her line of unique plush toys, playfully scary with angry eyes and growling teeth. The toys have been sold in boutiques, design stores, gifts shops, and museums throughout the world.
Wendy Ann Gardner’s illustrations of the Naughty Naughty Pets characters have been licensed worldwide to create various products including children’s clothing, stationery, lollipops, stickers, wallets, bags, and t-shirts.
Her series of four children’s books were published in 2002 by Hyperion Books for Children. She produced an animated TV series based on the characters with Decode Entertainment, which debuted on Cartoon Network and CBC Canada in the spring of 2006. And most recently she has been developing the children’s musical Windywoo and Her Naughty Naughty Pets.
Wendy has been featured in popular and industry publications such as InStyle, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Fortune Small Business, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Playthings Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Working Mother, and Elle Decor
Wendy Ann Gardner lives in New York City with her husband, her two children, and her real life Naughty Naughty Pets.
JONATHAN CERULLO - Director
In 2014 Jonathan was delighted to direct for the nationally respected, Camp Broadway and is currently developing a one-man burlesque bio-drama, The Fifth Dentist In Search of Sid’s Treasure written by and starring comedian, Mike King, and Willie and Me, In The Spotlight Again, The Emmett Kelly Storybased on the life of circus artist, Emmett Kelly.
Also in 2014 had the great pleasure of Producing and Directing The JPM Interfaith Award honoring The Honorable Al Gore. In October 2013 he made his debut as Producer under his newly formed company, JSCTheatricals, LLC with Grand Central Terminal’s Centennial Celebration, Orphan Train, The Musical directed by Emmy Award winning director, Patricia Birch.
In 2012 he directed and staged Harold Rome’s musicals revue, Pins and Needles for NYC La Mama ETC and the HOWL Festival and directed for the nationally recognized Writopia Lab andHB Playwrights Foundation. Jonathan has choreographed, for Italy’s Studio Festi, Great Performances, “Evening At Pops”, the Big Apple Circus’ Carnivale and Picturesqueat Lincoln Center, and two dances for the Broadway production of, Say Goodnight, Gracie. Additional Broadway credits include, Assistant Director/Choreographer for Band In Berlin, Associate Choreographer for Anna Karenina, and performer in Legs Diamond, and CATS.
Off Broadway he choreographed the NYMF 2009 Best of Fest, Under Fire, Midsummer Nights for Musical Theatre Works, Wonderful Town at the Equity Library Theatre, and directed Uta Hagen’s 50-Year Tribute.
His film and television work includes directing the “Mr. Abbott Awards” SDCF Promotional video, Assistant to the Choreographer on “The First Wives Club,” Donny Osmond's "This Is The Moment," and “Natalie Cole’s Christmas Special”. Jonathan also created the Special Effects Movement for Bette Midler in “The Stepford Wives.”
Regionally he choreographed Camelot at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, was private dance instructor to Uta Hagen in Six Dance Lessons at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, and has worked at the TONY award winning, Arena Stage and Goodspeed Opera House.
Jonathan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing from Emerson College and was on scholarship in Venice, Italy to study the Commedia dell'arte. He is a member of the Stage Director and Choreographers Society, the Actors Equity Association, The Dramatist Guild and The Drama League. Was the Keynote speaker for the NY Foundation for the Arts Dance Intensive, is a 2012 alumnus of both the Commercial Theatre Institute and the NY Foundation for the Arts Entrepreneurial program. He is a proud to serve on the SDCFJoe A. Callaway Award Committee recognizing the excellence in the craft of Directing in the NY Off-Broadway arena. For more info please visit his web site at www.jsctheatricals.com.
Greg Nobile - Executive Producer
Greg Nobile is a NYC and Connecticut based theatrical producer and entrepreneur. As Co-Executive Producer at Seaview Productions with Jana Shea, Greg has produced A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Side Show on Broadway and Gypsy on London’s West End. His investment credits include the revivals of It’s Only a Play and Of Mice and Men and the new musicals Fun Home and Something Rotten. Greg holds the distinction of the being the youngest Tony Award winning producer on Broadway for his work on Gentleman’s Guide... Greg also serves as Managing Director of the Branford based nonprofit theater company, Legacy Theatre, and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Branford Community Foundation and the Honest Accomplice Theater Company. Outside of the theater, Greg is opening a BBQ restaurant in Branford, CT and runs yoga retreats on an island in the Thimbles Islands.
Seaview Productions - Producer
Seaview Productions is a Tony Award wining Broadway production company, committed to redefining on-stage storytelling through strategic innovation in creative development, audience experience, consumer engagement, and investment management. Our shows include: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Broadway), Side Show (Broadway), Gypsy (London), Witness Uganda (Off-Broadway). Seaview Productions has also made investments in several current and past Broadway shows including Of Mice and Men, It's Only a Play, Fun Home, and Something Rotte. Leading the Seaview production team are Executive Producers Greg Nobile & Jana Shea, Associate Producer Colin Sheehan, Creative Development Associate David Manella, and Director of New Business Maggie Moffett. www.SeaviewProds.com
STEPHANIE BIANCHI - MUSIC DIRECTOR
Stephanie has been a board-certified music therapist, grief counselor, and music coach for over 15 years. She is also an accomplished voiceover actor, teacher, musician, and former comedy radio show host, and has been a musical theatre nerd her whole life. After years of helping her clients achieve their dreams in various capacities, she decided it was finally time to pursue hers in the form of writing a musical, and she moved to New York in 2013 to do just that.