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Creative Team

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What's your

dream role?

"Definitely Evan Hansen.

In a heart beat."

Michael Braud - Book & Lyrics

For many years, One Thousand Words has been a passion project for Michael because he knows there are many stories of heroes that never were told and never would be. He is thrilled to share with audiences the stories of those who oftentimes get overlooked or marginalized in a world where everyone is fighting for the same thing - to live out their dreams! 

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What's your all time

favorite musical?

"Is Frozen considered

a musical?"

Curran Latas - Music

Curran Latas received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Louisiana State University, where he has performed, directed, and music directed with Theatre Baton Rouge, Playmakers of Baton Rouge, and Swine Palace. Several of his instrumental compositions have been featured at the LSU Outworks Play Festival. Currently he resides in Orlando, FL where he works in guest relations at Walt Disney World. 

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What was your most awkward on stage moment? 

"Definitely was dancing on stage in a loin cloth in front of my friends and family."


Shawn Semana - Creative Producer

As a graduate of UCLA’s acclaimed School of Theater, Film, and Television, Shawn specializes in story or concept development through the art of film, performance, choreography, and music. With an artistic background in competitive music and dance, and a professional background as a Navy Search and Rescue Pilot, his work and collaborations continue to be showcased at international festivals in cities like Los Angeles, Dallas, Boston, and New York. He has a passion for seeking out untold stories from marginalized communities and lifting them up to a platform for the masses to learn and be entertained.

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If you create a dream band from musicians all throughout history, who would be your members?

"Phil Colins on drums, Paganini on violin, John Coltrane in sax, Anthony Jackson on bass, me on keyboard, Timberlake with the vocal lead."

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John Van Geem - Orchestrations

John is an American Composer, Veteran, and Author. His composition style ranges from sweeping orchestra music to electronic rock, combining both classical and popular music styles. Van Geem studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts in Chicago where he honed a unique composition style of Minimal-Neoclassic Romanticism. Among performance achievements, his discography includes four Recorded Albums amongst several diverse singles.

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