Meet the Parent Hosted by Anika Larsen

with Special Guests Drew Gehling and Jacques C. Smith

Special Guests Drew Gehling and Jacques C. Smith join Anika for an intimate, heartfelt, and hilarious conversation about how life in the theater affects their parenting and how parenting affects their life in the theater.

Join New York City Children’s Theater for Meet the Parent, hosted by parent Tony-Award Nominee, and NYCCT Board Member Anika Larsen! At this free, live event, Anika will welcome special guests Drew Gehling (Almost Famous, Waitress) and Jacques C. Smith (Book of Mormon)!

Monday, February 13th at 7:30pm
Free, but reservation required

About Our Guests

DREW GEHLING Broadway: Almost Famous, Waitress, On a Clear Day…, Jersey Boys. Regional: Almost Famous; Dave (Hayes Nom); Roman Holiday; The Scarlet Pimpernel in Concert, Waitress, Johnny Baseball (A.R.T.); Billy & Ray (Vineyard Theatre); A Minister’s Wife (LCT); Anne of Green Gables (Off-Broadway). Tons of development. TV/Film: “The Blacklist,” “Chicago PD,” “Blue Bloods,” “Instinct,” “The Code,” “Dietland,” “The Good Fight,” “Succession,” “Kimmy Schmidt,” “Elementary,” “30 Rock,” “Smash,” Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight (HBO), “Indoor Boys,” “Stomach People,” “Unconformity,” many others. Academically, he co-authored a paper on Singers with faculty members at the NYU Voice Center. An alumnus of both Carnegie Mellon and Columbia Universities.

JACQUES C. SMITH is presently playing Mafala in the Broadway company of The Book of Mormon. Previously on Broadway, he was seen in Rent (Benny). His National Tour credits include The Book of Mormon, If/Then (Steven), and Rent. Regionally, he has performed in Dreamgirls at TUTS (Houston), Richard III and As You Like It at The Old Globe, Purlie at the Goodman Theatre (Black Theater Alliance Award, Jefferson nomination), Twelve Angry Men and Purlie at Pasadena Playhouse (FRED Award, NAACP nomination), Five Guys Named Moe at Ebony Repertory Theatre (Ovation Award), Antigone at South Coast Repertory, Blue at Paper Mill Playhouse and Arizona Theatre Company, Blueprints to Freedom and School for Wives at La Jolla Playhouse, and others. His TV credits include “Marlon,” “Eagleheart,” “General Hospital,” “OZ” (HBO – series regular), “CSI Miami,” “American Masters,” “Law & Order,” “ER,” “The Division,” among others. He received his M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and his B.A. from Princeton University. (he/him/his)

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